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“Amazing historic house!”

John Mark Verdier House
Ranked #21 of 69 things to do in Beaufort
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Owner description: Historic home that dates to the 1790s, is open as a museum.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This was our first stop in Beaufort. This home, built in 1804, is a two bedroom, 13,070 square foot house. They would not build them like that today. In the basement, or ground level they have a number of artifacts and history of the house and area, this led us to sign up for the tour. Just the two of us and a very, very knowledgeable lady from the historic society that took us thru the other floors of the house, many of which have exhibits. Her knowledge of the history of the house, the town, the area and history in general was amazing. Well worth the ten bucks. Expect to spend just over an hour here.

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Registered as a National Historic Landmark in 1971 and opened as a house museum in 1976, the Verdier House is the only historic house in Beaufort open to the public. Open Monday-Saturday from 10:00-4:00 with guided docent led tours every hour on the half hour, we purchase our tickets at the Beaufort Visitors Center. A local landmark since being built by John Mark Verdieir in 1804, the house remained in the family until the 1940's until threatened with demolition when a group of preservationists stepped in to save the Bay Street house.
The history of the Verdier House is quite interesting as the Marquis de Lafayette visited the house in 1825. It served as a Union Headquarters during the Civil War and was partitioned into commercial offices in the 20th century as the site of the first telephone company in Beaufort and a ground floor food store over the years.
Now the flagship property of the HistoricBeaufort Foundation, the architectural details and interior detective work showing antique wall coverings and construction methods is fascinating. There are informative exhibits models and photographs of the house through the years on the top floor.

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Reviewed 25 January 2018

I travel with five kids so I try to find things of historical interest on a budget. The visitor center in Beaufort informed us that the "Verdier House" offers a free tour. This is not the case. The price is $5 per adult with kids free. That's still a pretty good deal so we went for it.

There are some pretty amazing mansions in the Savannah, Beaufort, Charleston area. The Verdier House is not necessarily one of those but it does have some historical significance. The Historic Beaufort Foundation bills the house as "The only planter's house in Beaufort open to the public," so that makes it worth seeing.

The tour is pretty simple and quick with rooms lightly furnished. It appears to be a constant work in progress. You do get a pretty good idea of the wealth that was produced by John Mark Verdier as you look at the elaborate fireplaces, doorways, and large rooms. The Historic Beaufort Foundation has done some interesting work in the restoration, including peeling back layers to reveal some very old wallpaper.

One of the most interesting historical facts was that this house was used as an army headquarters by the Union Army during the Civil War occupation. Indeed, there is at least one photograph which shows Union soldiers outside of the front door.

The Verdier House is also conveniently located to the Waterfront Park and shops where you can find some Beaufort souvenirs.

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Reviewed 19 May 2017

The south has lots of beautiful old homes to see and tour. Many are well restored and full of lots of furnishings. This is the only home in Beaufort that you can tour. Cost $10. It has suffered damage from hurricanes and earthquake. It is nice that the society is trying to preserve it but if you have toured other homes in the area you may find it lacking in charm. Many of the rooms remain in their original unrestored condition. The docent is vey nice and very knowledgeable and the history is fascinating and informative. Unfortunately, you can't take photos so I can document what the inside really appears. I did enjoy the visit and it was worth it, if only to support the societies efforts to restore and preserve this piece of history that would otherwise become a parking lot.

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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

I wanted to learn more about the history of rice in South Carolina and there was an exhibit on the second floor. It was all ariel views of the rice fields in their hay days.
Just gorgeous! Some written information as well.
I am not into tours of old homes so I did not do that part.

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