Designated as a National Historic Landmark, The John Rutledge House Inn is a living piece of history and a proud part of downtown Charleston. Located on historic Broad Street in the city's historic district and steps from the stunning homes South of Broad, our bed and breakfast offers the best of Charleston - gracious hospitality and nearly instant access to the antique and shopping districts, historic waterfront homes, and restaurants.
"We have stayed in some magnificent hotels around the world but never felt as welcome as at John Rutledge House Inn. The hospitality of the staff and exceptional quality of service made for a wonderfully warm experience."
As a family-owned historic bed and breakfast, it's no surprise that we love to cater to families - and so does Charleston. From relaxing together on our piazza to exploring history at Fort Sumter to hitting the sand and surf at one of our renowned beaches, you'll find there's something for every member of the family at this bed and breakfast in Charleston.
Is it our piazza and inspiring city views of Charleston? Our secluded courtyard? Whatever your answer, The John Rutledge House Inn has earned its place in the hearts of romantics around the world. Whether you're searching for a romantic Charleston bed and breakfast getaway or a truly unique, truly luxurious honeymoon suite in the #2 U.S. wedding destination, we promise to make a beautiful, indelible mark on your heart.
The John Rutledge House Inn's rich history includes the writing of drafts of the Constitution of the United States within its walls. As such, it's a must-see for history buffs, and a beautiful, integral part of Charleston's enduring historic legacy. Just steps from our bed and breakfast in downtown Charleston, you'll stroll cobblestone streets where only horses and buggies used to roam. Revel in the beautiful works of native artists at the city's museums. Whether you're relaxing on the piazza, or exploring one of Charleston's secret alleyways, you are part of a city where history truly lives.
John Rutledge built this elegant home as a wedding gift for his bride Elizabeth Grimke in 1763. In the 2nd floor drawing room, now the Signer's Ballroom, John Rutledge, chairman of the drafting committee, wrote several iterations of the Constitution of the U.S. He later signed the document with the other founding fathers. In 1791, George Washington had breakfast with Mrs. Rutledge during his Presidential visit to Charleston.
In 1853, the house was renovated and many distinctive architectural features were added, including the Italian marble fireplaces, ornate parquet floors, and elaborate ironwork depicting the Federal Eagle and SC Palmetto tree as a tribute to Rutledge's service in federal and state governments. During the Civil War, the house survived a great fire that destroyed the building next door in which the Articles of the Secession were signed. The house took a direct hit from a Union cannon during the siege of Charleston (see the third floor right corner in the photo).
For more than 100 years the house served as a residence, offices, and The Gaud School. The house then sat vacant for several years before 1989 when it was returned to its former glory. A major restoration was undertaken to restore the inlaid floors, plaster work, and staircase. An array of modern conveniences were added transforming this historic structure into an elegant, beloved bed and breakfast in Charleston, SC.
"A lovely breakfast was served each morning in the room with canapŽs and drinks in the afternoon in the ballroom. The whole hotel was elegant, beautifully kept and rich with history. The staff was gracious and hospitable."