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This house was built by John Rutledge as a wedding gift for his wife, Elizabeth Grimke, in 1763. As it turned out, John Rutledge would be the chair of the drafting committee for the U.S. Constitution, and worked on the document in this house.

His wife, Elizabeth Grimke, was the aunt of two famous abolitionist sisters, Sarah and Angelina Grimke, who also have a close connection to the Magnolia Plantation in Charleston. Abolitionism was undoubtedly an activity of which John Rutledge would have wholeheartedly disapproved.

The building is presently an inn, the John Rutledge House Inn. The wrought iron balconies are every bit as spectacular as they seem.

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