Armistead Burt House

Also known as: The Burt (Stark) House
306 N. Main St., Abbeville, South Carolina


Burt Stark Mansion 1

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Here, on the afternoon of May 2, 1865, the final Confederate council of war occurred. Richmond had been evacuated the month before and the Confederate Government was in flight; Gen. Robert E. Lee had surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House on April 9; and Gen. Joseph E. Johnston had surrendered Confederate forces in the Southeast on April 26. Still, President Jefferson Davis believed he could rally the troops of Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor in the Gulf States, join them with Confederate troops still active across the Mississippi, and continue the struggle for an independent Confederacy. In a meeting in this house, Davis asked his subordinates, among whom were Secretary of War John C. Breckinridge and Gen. Braxton Bragg, for advice on future military plans. His advisors responded that continued resistence was impossible, the war was over. Their unamimous opinion convinced Davis that all had indeed been lost. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, October 5, 1992

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 3, 1970
Reference number
NR name
Burt, Armistead, House
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Military; Landscape Architecture; Architecture; Politics/Government; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Agricultural outbuildings; Single dwelling
Current functions
Single dwelling; Museum
Period of significance
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • June 30, 2017: New photos from Michael Miller
  • October 23, 2013: New Street View added by Michael Miller

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