Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
Charleston is a city rich with historic sites and landmarks, many dating back to even before the foundation of the United States! The city’s prominent role in both the American Revolution and the American Civil War makes it ripe with sites that speak to the deep history of the city. One of these landmarks is the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. Visit here to learn about the “forgotten father,” his prominent role in the American Revolution, and early life in South Carolina.
About Charles Pinckney The Man
Charles Pinckney was an influential politician and prominent member of Charleston society. He was born and raised in South Carolina. Pinckney was voted into the first Continental Congress from 1777 to 1778, and then began a law practice in 1779 at the age of 21. Passionate about the Revolution, Pinckney enlisted in the militia and was actually captured by the British during battle. After the war, he again joined the Continental Congress and was influential in contributing to the American Constitution. During his illustrious political career, he served as Governor of South Carolina, a member of the United States Senate, and as a member of the United States House of Representatives. He also helped run the presidential campaign of Thomas Jefferson. He retired from politics in 1821, and passed away in 1824 at the age of 67.
Snee Farm was established in 1754 by Charles Pinckney’s father, Colonel Charles Pinckney. When Colonel Pinckney passed away, Charles inherited the property and used it as a family retreat and working plantation until 1816. Pinckney then placed the property in trust. The main Charles Pinckney house that stands today was built in 1828, after the Pinckney family left the farm.
The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
In 1973, Snee Farm was designated a National Historic Landmark. In 1988, it was designated as National Historic Site and its name was changed to the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. Many of the information that is known about the Pinckney family’s interaction on the property was discovered through archaeological digs, since no original structures are still standing, and many documents were lost in the Charleston fire of 1861.
Visiting the Charles Pinckney House
The main structure, a beautiful Lowcountry coastal cottage, serves as the visitor center and main museum space. Visitors enjoy walking the grounds and the ornamental gardens and canopies of Spanish moss. Exhibits throughout the property speak to Charles Pinckney’s impressive contributions to America. The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is open seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm. Admission to the historic site is free to all visitors!