|South Carolina Department of Archives and History|
|National Register Properties in South Carolina
William Seabrook House, Charleston County (off S.C. Hwy. 174, Edisto Island)
|Facade||Right Oblique||Right Elevation||Rear Elevation|| Rear Elevation
| Left Rear
(Dodge Plantation) Built ca. 1810, the William Seabrook House established a distinct style of architecture which was reproduced, with minor variations, in plantation houses subsequently built on Edisto Island. It is the most ornate of the early Republican (Federal) houses which remain on the island. The house is a two-and-one-half story wooden building with dormers over a raised brick basement. Double-tiered porticos feature pediment, slender columns, and arched entablature. Double flights of steps leading to the first floor portico gracefully disguise the high foundations and contain iron stair railings decorated with initials of original owner. Over the first floor entrance and in gable of portico are beautiful semi-elliptical fanlights, also sidelights at both front doorways and ornate transom over second floor entrance. Fascia and frieze boards outside porch area are in dentil pattern. Tradition attributes design of the house to James Hoban, architect of the White House, who practiced in Charleston in the 1790s. William Seabrook, as part owner of the Edisto Island Ferry, bought the steamboat “W. Seabrook” which performed ferry duty among the islands south of Charleston during the early nineteenth century. One of the landings for this ferry was the Seabrook Plantation which consequently became a significant transportation center. Listed in the National Register May 6, 1971.
View the complete text of the nomination form for this National Register property.
Most National Register properties are privately owned and are not open to the public. The privacy of owners should be respected. Not all properties retain the same integrity as when originally documented and listed in the National Register due to changes and modifications over time.
Images and texts on these pages are intended for research or educational use. Please read our statement on use and reproduction for further information on how to obtain a photocopy or how to cite an item.
Images provided by theSouth Carolina Department of Archives and History.