Category Archives: Historical

Lady Of The House, Charleston SC

I believe this is Sarah Hopton, wife of Nathaniel Russell a wealthy 19th century merchant and trader. This portrait hangs on the first turn of a the large free standing staircase in their home of 1808.

Lady Of The House, Charleston SC
Lady Of The House, Charleston SC

Charleston, South Carolina.

Ink And Quill

I noticed this set on an old desk as I walked through a Charleston manor house.

The rooms are dark, some even blocked from entry. I do like to poke around when I can though.

Ink And Quill
Ink And Quill
Ink And Quill
Ink And Quill

The first photograph was done in a softer matte for no other reason than it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Charleston, South Carolina.

19th Century Bling

Bling, noun: expensive and ostentatious possessions (Merriam-Webster).

The wealthy homes in Charleston in the early 1800’s were status symbols, each built and furnished with the best. It was the richest city in the US at the time.

19th Century Bling
19th Century Bling

Nathaniel Russel was a wealthy (slave) trader and merchant.

These images are from the breakfast room within his three story mansion in Charleston. The home is recognized as one of America’s most important┬áNeoclassical houses. It was designated a┬áNational Historic Landmark in 1973.

19th Century Bling
19th Century Bling

Nathaniel Russell house, 1808.

Cooking House, Southern Plantation 1790 – 1791

Cooking was always done outside the main houses probably until the late 1890’s. Fire was a big issue, no sense burning down the main house. Also heat from cooking and washing was away from the living quarters.

Cooking House, Southern Plantation
Cooking House, Southern Plantation

This is the back building from the Hampton Plantation, Santee Delta, South Carolina.