Milton Maxcy House – Beaufort, South Carolina


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The Milton Maxcy House, also known as the “Secession House,” was the scene of many meetings in Beaufort during the 1850s which advocated secession and Southern independence.

Milton Maxcy house

Esther Fogle of Easley, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The house was built in 1810 for Milton Maxcy, who founded a school for young men in Beaufort and later was a teacher at Beaufort College. Edmund Rhett – lawyer, state representative, and state senator – bought the house in the 1850s and remodeled it in the Greek Revival style with a two-story portico.

Rhett was outspoken in support of state rights and led the meetings held here regarding South Carolina‘s secession. There is even an inscription on the basement wall that reads, In this house the first meeting of Secession was held in South Carolina.

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Address: 1113 Craven Street, Beaufort, SC 29902

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Tommy FarmerNo Gravatar says:
December 6th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

As a young Marine stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station, I was married in Beaufort and spent my wedding night in a room at this house on Dec 3, 1960. I remember reading the recession inscription on the wall and now 52 years later enjoyed seeing this site on the Internet. Thanks for the memories.






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