William Barnwell House

501 King St., Beaufort, South Carolina


William Barnwell House

Photo taken by Michael Miller in November 2019



Street View 


This square house with a wide two-story portico is an excellent example of typical historic Beaufort residences. Built in 1816 as a wedding gift for Sarah Reeves Gibbes by her brothers, and assisted by Philadelphia artisans, it derives its name from her husband, William Wigg Barnwell, a Beaufort farmer and plantation owner. Sarah was the great-granddaughter of famed “Tuscarora Jack” Barnwell, leader of the bloody 1711-1712 expedition against Tuscarora Indians of North Carolina. The three-story white clapboard structure has a two-story veranda across the entire front facing south toward the river. Slender classical columns juxtapose on one another. The house is three bays wide and deep with a central front entrance. The veranda originally faced a formal garden, but that area is now occupied by other houses. The house was formerly located at 800 Prince Street. Listed in the National Register March 24, 1971. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 24, 1971
Reference number
NR name
Barnwell, William, House
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Multiple dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • December 2, 2019: New photo from Michael Miller
  • August 18, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • July 1, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Updated "Address" & "GPS Coordinates" due to house being moved & Added "Street View"
  • July 1, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller

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