Built in 1803 Joseph Manigault’s home had a theme common to all the Charleston manor houses. It simply said ‘I have money’. Charleston was the wealthiest city in the country, the planters and traders couldn’t spend fast enough.
The big houses made sure the entrance was bigger and better than their neighbors. Spiral designed stairs, free standing, were the center piece. Here we also had a crystal chandelier to add some sparkle.
This old home is one of my favorites so we visit here yearly. Each time there is something else that catches my eye. The houses were designed with huge windows for light. Each season during the year things are captured a little different.
The month of January there are less visitors and special passes are available to many of the historical buildings. We have photographed a few lately and may get one more day in this month.
Joseph Manigault house, Elizabeth Street, South Carolina.