Fodor's Expert Review Heyward-Washington House
This Georgian-style double house was the town home of Thomas Heyward, patriot leader and signer of the Declaration of Independence. The city rented the residence for George Washington's use during the president's week-long stay in Charleston in 1791. Inside, visitors find historic Charleston-made furniture, notably the withdrawing room's Holmes Bookcase, considered to be one of the most exceptional examples of American colonial furniture. Also significant is the 1740s kitchen building, as it's the only one of its kind open to the public in Charleston. Don't miss the formal gardens, which contain plants commonly used in the area in the late 18th century.