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    The House of Former Governor Edward Rutledge

    There are so many options for places to get married that one can easily get overwhelmed. For those about to look for a venue in which to share vows and commit to a life of togetherness, it can be helpful to have some guidelines so as not to get overwhelmed.

    If the couple to be wed knows they want to start their married life in a place with a story, with a sense of history, then an internet search of historic wedding venues in Charleston will reveal some places worth considering. For those who also need accommodation, an historic inn in Charleston is a likely candidate for the short list of historic wedding venues in Charleston. But there are many inns, and not all have the character and charm and heritage that a history buff may be looking for. No, for that you must seek out  mansion wedding venues in Charleston. These places, the grand homes of yesteryear, are truly luxurious and opulent.

    Of all the places that would fit the description of being worthy of a marriage ceremony, while also retaining a sense of history, the Governor’s House Inn is among the finest. This large venue was once the home of the tenth governor of South Carolina, a man who has the distinction of being the youngest to sign the declaration of independence. His name, Edward Rutledge, has lent itself to the name of the home, as well, which in addition to being known as the Governor’s House Inn is also known as the Edward Rutledge house.

    He was not the only one to live in the house – it is nearly 250 years old, after all – nor was he the first, but he is the most historically significant resident.

    The house was originally built for a merchant, James Laurens, and is designed in the Georgian style. In the United States, there is a tendency to call any house built in this time a Georgian house, but the style does not strictly include all houses built during the rule of the four King Georges for whom the era is named. This era stretches from 1714 to 1830. During that time, symmetry ruled in the world of residential architecture.

    This love of symmetry can be seen quite clearly in the Rutledge house, which has a front entrance located in the middle, flanked by an equal number of windows on either side. The building style was influenced by the ancient buildings of Rome and Greece.

    The Rutledge house, now one of the historic wedding venues in Charleston, is located at the corner of Broad Street in the downtown area. The house has a relatively plain front facade, when compared to the more visually striking side with a double level patio. THe two story house, which has a hip roof, has been renovated and added to throughout the years, but much of the original character of the house remains.

    Considering that the house is nearly 250 years old, and has gone through several owners as well as multiple uses, it is notable that aspects of the original interior remain. For those looking for a historic inn in Charleston, this would be considered desirable.

    The house is considered by many to be one of the prime mansion wedding venues in Charleston. It is most certainly a grand house, and there are some who may try to argue that the house is not truly a mansion. To determine whether or not these claims have any validity, we must first seek to define what, exactly, makes a house worthy of the designation as a mansion. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a mansion is simply a large, imposing residence. There are no other qualifiers, nor any indication of how large a house must be to qualify as a mansion. It must, though, be considered large.

    With this definition in mind, the naysayers are rebuked, for this house is, no matter what measure is used, a large house. This stance can be taken by observing whether or not the opposite description is true. For if the house is not large, it must be small, would be the argument. And it is not small, by any measure. Unless one were to compare it to castles. But a mansion is not a castle, and so that comparison holds no merit.

    THe other option, besides declarations of being small or large, is to say that the house is of an average size. And again, this can be shown to be inaccurate. In this case, a quick tour of the surrounding city will show that most houses are not of the same size, and many are in fact smaller. Therefore, the thinking goes, if this is not a small house, and it is bigger than many of the houses in the city, then it must be a large house. And if it is a large house, it is a mansion. And so it is that we can say, when looking for a venue in which to get married, that this house should be at least considered by anyone seeking mansion wedding venues in Charleston.

    That the house is of historical importance is also without doubt. One need only to look at who the house is named after to see that this residence housed a man of significance to the history of the United States of America. It was Edward Rutledge, who the house is named after, that has the distinction of being the youngest person to have his signature on the Declaration of Independence. This man, who fought in the War of Independence, also held the position of Governor of South Carolina, being the tenth person to hold the title. For these reasons, history remembers Rutledge, and the building he once called home can rightfully call itself a historic inn in Charleston.

    The building, once a private residence, is now referred to as an inn for the simple reason that it is a place of lodging today. Sometimes referred to as a bed and breakfast, this location is known as one of the historic wedding venues of Charleston. For anyone with an interest in history and heritage buildings, this former home and current inn is worth a visit.

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