Are you totally undecided about what to do with all those corsets and hoop skirts you’ve been wearing all these years? Does everyone ask you if your husband’s name is Rhett? Don’t worry your pretty little head.
Instead, why not buy a home that more closely resembles your style? If you’re agreeable–or just can’t imagine parting with your Civil War-era wardrobe, we have just the thing: this magnificent antebellum mansion in Beaufort, South Carolina, that is now for sale, priced at $2.395 million.
Built in 1852 and overlooking the Beaufort River, this historic treasure was built by Lewis Reeve Sams, a planter who at one time owned half of Dataw Island, for his family to escape the stifling heat by catching the cooling breezes off the water with its upper and lower-story front porches that span the width of the house. After his death his wife inherited the home, who willed it to her son, the Rev. Thomas Fuller Sams acquired the property and is listed on 1862 Direct Tax records as being its owner on the eve of the Union occupation, during which the house was used as Hospital #14 for Union Army officers and headquarters to General Rufus Saxton during the Civil War.
More recently, the home was selected as the setting of the movie, Prince of Tides, written by the late local author, Pat Conroy and nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1991 and starring Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte. Elegantly restored, it has been used as the Bay Street Inn, and currently as a family home. The seller, entrepreneur Scott Myers and his wife, Gwen, bought the home in 2006 for $1.875 million, according to county property records.
Today, Bay Street separates the property from the water, but it can be easily accessed since the riverbank across the street is a city park.
Rooms are generous and speak of earlier, more gentile times when a party would converse in the main living room, go into dinner and afterward the men would gather in the library with their cigars and port while the ladies would retire to the parlor. Windows were tall and deep, welcoming in the evening breeze.
At 7,600 square feet, included in the three-story home are six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, large entry foyer with dramatic staircase, formal living, and dining rooms, a library-media room, parlor, family room, and large eat-in kitchen. There are eight fireplaces, hardwood floors and the home has original elaborate millwork throughout along with built-in cabinets and bookshelves. Modern updates include an elevator, two laundries, and the first floor has two bedrooms, a catering kitchen and could be closed off as a separate apartment.
The home has been modernized to include 21st-century amenities while keeping its classic, deep-south antebellum design. Though it’s undergone rehabilitation and restoration over the years, according to the historic property records, the home has retained its plantation-style architecture, replete with characteristic Greek-Revival inspiration. The back porch overlooks the deep green of the landscape and the formal layout of the boxwood garden maze of landscaped hedges, a central fountain, and an outbuilding.
If you don’t give buying this lovely property serious consideration, where will you go, what will you do?
Frankly, my dear, we don’t give a damn.
Photo & Video Credit: Anthony Pierro of AJPierro Photography Drone footage credit: Robert Gecy of Robert Gecy Photography
Jon Dykstra owns an interior design company in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He's fascinated by architecture and interiors. He also enjoys gardening at his "house in the burbs" and "homesteading" at his off-the-grid boat-access cabin.
Combine all that with a love of writing and Homestratsophere.com was born. He balances his working time between running his interior design company, working on his off-the-grid cabin and publishing homestratosphere.com.