|I made this picture of the house last spring|
Saturday we walked granddaughter and the ponies over by Rutledge House. This is the first historical building I am teaching her about. The three story home was built in 1763. It was originally a two story home and Thomas Gadsen later added the third story in 1853. John Rutledge was a signer of our Constitution, and was also a Governor of South Carolina twice. He drafted part of our Constitution right up there, in one of the second floor drawing rooms! He held many many offices and was Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court as well.
|I love the fancy wrought iron ornamental work! It was done by the German-born blacksmith, Christopher Werner. Beautiful Italian marble fireplaces were added about the same time, as well as lovely parquet floors.|
On the way, the ponies stopped for a "snack"!
Another interesting fact about the house is that She-crab soup was invented here! Long after the Rutledge family, after Robert Rhett puchased the home, he entertained President William Howard Taft and his butler/cook, William Deas, created the delicious soup for him, in 1909. He added the orange crab eggs to give the plain crab soup color. I do love She-crab soup!
Have you tried She-crab soup?--it's kind of a mix between a chowder and a bisque, and it's very rich and delicious, full of blue crab meat and the eggs of the female blue crab. It also has heavy cream, Worcestershire sauce, sherry, celery, and other good things.
|Federal Eagle---a tribute to John Rutledge's service in federal and State government|
John Rutledge built this big house for his nineteen year old bride, Elizabeth Grimke. Elizabeth grew up in a house on Tradd Street. They married on May 1, 1763, and had a long and happy marriage. They had ten children. Eight of them lived to be adults. One little girl (Sarah) died either at, or shortly after birth, and a son, Thomas, died young.
Elizabeth fled Charleston shortly before the city fell, during the Civil War. She spent the war years in Philadelphia and gave birth to her last son there. The family returned to massive destruction in the city, and major damage to the home.The house took a direct hit from a big cannon ball in the War.
George Washington visited the house in 1791 and had breakfast with Elizabeth.
|Ponies in their pretty spring dresses|
|this brave flower is trying to escape!|
Sunday after church we took a Sunday drive.
|Lots of people were out and about, enjoying the warm day|
I had fun making pictures of this pretty car!
Things bobbing in the cold gray waves:
Wow, what's that? You can barely see it. We only knew it's approach by the loud foghorn.
Lots of people aboard. They were singing and shouting and waving good-bye as they began their journey. I wonder where they were off to?
Stopped at the thrift store:
|a lovely blue chiffon skirt----swirly, twirly, soft!|