Historic and luxurious, the John Rutledge House Inn® is both an important historical landmark and a bed and breakfast in the heart of Charleston, SC. Spend your days exploring Charleston’s shopping district, delicious dining options, and southern hospitality at our one-of-a-kind inn.
In the heart of Charleston
The one-of-a-kind John Rutledge House Inn® dates back to 1763. Explore the heart of Charleston and create your own adventure with antique shops, art galleries, historic building, and stand-out dining.
John Rutledge builds a beautiful home for his bride, Elizabeth Grimke. The chairman of the drafting committee, Rutledge goes on to write several iterations of the United States Constitution in the second-floor drawing room, now the Signer’s Ballroom. He later signs the document with the other founding fathers.
George Washington visits John Rutledge House and shares breakfast with Mrs. Rutledge during his Presidential trip to Charleston.
The house is renovated, and many distinctive architectural features are added, including 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.
A third floor was also added to the two story structure and stucco was applied over the original brick. During renovations in the 1880s, plain hardwood flooring was also replaced with intricate, inlaid parquet floors patterned after those found in German castles. Visitors note the extensive, detailed designs and the fact that no two rooms have the same pattern.
In the 1920s, Charleston’s mayor, Robert Goodwyn Rhett, was expecting a visit from President William Howard Taft during his tour of Charleston. Wanting to do something special for the president, Mayor Rhett asked his butler, William Deas, to “dress up” their typical crab soup. His presidential variation featured orange crab eggs, giving the soup bright color and great taste. Thus began the legacy of She Crab Soup.
The family home returns to its former glory when a major restoration is undertaken to restore the inlaid floors, plasterwork, and staircase. An array of modern conveniences are added, transforming the historic structure into the elegant and beloved John Rutledge House Inn®.
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With a unique, rich history that includes the drafting of the United States Constitution within its walls, the John Rutledge House Inn® is both a must-see for history buffs and a beautiful, integral part of Charleston’s enduring historic legacy.
As a family-owned inn located in one of America’s most family-friendly cities, it’s no surprise that we love families. From special spa packages for mom to activity-packed day trips for the kids, you’ll find there’s something for everyone at the John Rutledge House Inn®.
"Charm in Charleston"The Rutledge Inn is by far one of the best Bed & Breakfast experiences you will ever have. Imagine staying in a home built in 1763 restored to its original splendor - imagine walking into the courtyard for breakfast and smelling the Jasmin from the garden - imagine enjoying afternoon tea in the ballroom or terrace overlooking Broad Street - imagine sipping a port or brandy in the evening as you prepare to experience Charleston - imagine having a wonderful breakfast prepared to your liking every day and delivered to your room, the courtyard or the ballroom to enjoy. The John Rutledge House Inn is all that and more. The property, the staff and the history of this home will make your Charleston experience special in every way. We celebrated our anniversary here and it was just perfect. Highly recommended!Ludwig D | Staten Island, New York | 4/26/23
"Exceeded Our Expectations!"The John Rutledge House is centrally located on Broad Street, within walking distance to many attractions and restaurants, so you won’t need a car. The concierges (Jim and Margo) were available 24/7 and outstanding; they helped with securing our walking tour, places to eat, sightseeing venues , made us feel welcomed and warmly greeted us each time we came “home”! Delicious home cooked breakfasts were included and outstanding, with Maurice (so very nice) delivering them either to our room or to the ballroom. Our fireplace bedroom (room #8) up on the third floor was clean, elegant, quiet, and with a modern bathroom, made our stay so enjoyable. Lisa the innkeeper was very friendly and has done an excellent job with her team. We’re not ones to stay at inns or B & B’s but the JRH has changed our minds! Although a little pricey (we stayed Tuesday - Friday), it’s worth it and highly recommend this if you want an authentic feel of a Southern charm mansion.TwosomeTravelers2013 | Wareham, Massachusetts | 3/26/23
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