Robert Barnwell Rhett House

6 Thomas St., Charleston, South Carolina


Robert Barnwell Rhett House, Facade

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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This large clapboard frame dwelling was the residence of Robert Barnwell Rhett (1800-1876), known as the "Great Secessionist" and one of the most effective and prominent of that circle of proslavery "fire-eating" radicals. Beginning in 1850, Rhett launched a carefully programmed campaign to sever the slaveholding states from the Union; he had a major influence on the State's Ordinance of Secession (1860). -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, November 7, 1973

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1973
Reference number
NR name
Rhett, Robert Barnwell, House
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Double house
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1844; 1876

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • July 28, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller

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