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Go Back 244 Years at South Carolina's 'Rare Old Treasure'

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Having a look inside Charleston's Miles Brewton House, which Town and Country magazine dubs "one of the most important Georgian homes in America," is sort of like a curtsy and a waltz into the year 1769, when the well-traveled (and well-heeled) merchant Miles Brewton commissioned the estate, now thought to be a "foremost example of Georgian townhouse design in America," from builder Ezra Waite. It's now owned by socialite and co-founder of the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits (because apparently that exists) Lee Van Alen Manigault, who occupies the two bedroom—"In the 18th century everybody shared, and we do too"—with her two daughters.

The ballroom (above, occupied by the Gigi and India "attired for after-school pursuits") is canopy'd with a blue—sorry, azure—coved ceiling, while the chimneypieces in the downstairs parlors have centuries-old soldier graffiti from when the estate was military HQ in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. There's also rococo papier-mâché ceilings, heart pine floors, and lots of Georgian millwork.

"There definitely is a sense of responsibility that comes with living here," Lee told T&C. "And in a way I'm raising my children in a museum. But I do love the place, and I think it loves me. I feel like the house and I talk to each other."

· Grand Inheritance [Town and Country]
· All The Printed Page posts [Curbed National]