Lewis Inn

NE of Chester off SC 72, Chester, South Carolina

Historic tavern near Chester, SC


Lewis Inn

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This fine example of log construction with many original features, built about 1750, is one of very few remaining in South Carolina. The inn was a tavern during Colonial and Revolutionary days, and also a stagecoach stop. It was made famous in 1807 when Aaron Burr, the captured vice president of the United States, slayer of Alexander Hamilton, spent the night there on his way to Richmond for trial on charges of treason. Legend has it that Burr escaped briefly because a bribed maid left his bedroom door unlatched. The inn is a “matched” two-story house of dovetailed logs pinned together and chinked with clay, covered with clapboard, and re-covered with brown shingles in 1923. It has a lateral gable roof, with exterior end chimneys, and a one-story right wing. The matching sections - back is a one-story ell; the other is a front shed-roof porch which extends across the façade to the wing. The interior features tongue and groove paneling, large hand-carved mantels, wide board doors with wrought iron hinges, and a narrow stairway leading to a second floor hallway on which two bedrooms open. Listed in the National Register May 6, 1971.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 6, 1971
Reference number
Areas of significance
Transportation; Politics/Government; Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1750-1799
Significant years
1750; 1807

Update Log 

  • October 29, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"