c. 1775 in Georgetown, SC – $1,995,000

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528 Front St, Georgetown, SC 29440

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  • $1,995,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 7000 Sq Ft
  • 1 Ac.
Welcome to the Mary Man House. Known as the mansion house on Bay Street, this elegant Georgian double house was built circa 1775 for in-town entertaining by Mansfield Plantation owner Miss Mary Man. She personally supervised the construction of her impressive dwelling on a high, double lot formerly owned by Thomas Lynch, Sr., South Carolina delegate to the Second Continental Congress which produced the Declaration of Independence. The Mary Man house is remarkable for how much original fabric remains intact -- from hand-hewn cypress construction resting on a nearly 250-year-old brick foundation to gleaming heart-of-pine flooring throughout. The house features a four over four plan with eight original fireplaces. A classic portico provides a dramatic entrance for the grand house of the old settlement. Entering the 5000 sq ft residence, a wide front hall reveals the magnificent space of two formal rooms with twelve-foot ceilings: a living room with original heart-of-pine paneling and a drawing room with half-moon and candlelight moldings. A massive circa 1790 French Rococo giltwood mirror (a Man family piece that conveys) reflects the light of 19th-century Brockunier glass chandeliers (all four convey). Beyond is the dining room, embellished with a large bay window and a pedimented cabinet for displaying silver, each with leaded glass. You can entertain in the same spacious rooms and in the same gracious manner that Miss Mary Man enjoyed. The front hall staircase leads to the 18th-century ballroom (now the master bedroom and hall) where, in December of 1812, legend says that the most famous woman of her time, Theodosia Burr Alston, of Oaks Plantation (now part of Brookgreen Gardens) was entertained at a ball held in her honor.(Theodosia, daughter of U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr -- who served under President Thomas Jefferson and who infamously killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel -- was the wife of S.C. Governor Joseph Alston. On the morning after the ball, Theodosia boarded the schooner Patriot, which disappeared at sea, creating a nationwide sensation and mystery that endures to this day.) An elaborate mantel and over-mantel crown the ballroom. The upstairs porch captures the breeze off Winyah Bay and shows to perfection the manicured grounds with native live oaks, palmettos, and azaleas. Off the porch stands a gingko tree, planted by the second owner's family more than 100 years ago to honor one of their famous naval ancestors, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, who opened Japan to the West in 1854. To the rear of the property past the foundation of the original kitchen stands a charming circa 1800 two-room kitchen building that was relocated to the property in 2008 and features a large central chimney. With only two owners, the Man family of Mansfield Plantation and the Hazard family of Newport, Rhode Island, this remarkable 18th century dwelling was adapted to changing lifestyles and times over nine generations without the loss of its architectural integrity -- interior or exterior. You, as only the third owner of the Mary Man house since the time of the American Revolution, have an extraordinary opportunity to add your story to its amazing history. This exceptional property is located in the heart of the historic district and overlooks the colonial seaport of Georgetown, S.C. International airports are conveniently located 90 minutes to the south in Charleston and 45 minutes to the north in Myrtle Beach. Georgetown also boasts its own private airport and was voted USA Today's best small coastal city in America.
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Kevin Jayroe, Reside Realty
(843) 318-1439
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11 Comments on c. 1775 in Georgetown, SC – $1,995,000

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  1. BethanyBethany says: 3463 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    The whole thing is magnificent but the basement is my favorite!

  2. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2452 comments
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    1936 Cabin

    Great house. I would love to have the privilege of living in such a house and getting understand all the interior color choices. Smile

  3. CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 1110 comments
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    Charleston, SC

    As one of South Carolina’s most historic cities, Georgetown has a number of special antebellum houses, which certainly includes this mansion. The build date for Mary Man’s house is not exactly clear. There’s a fair amount of Georgian influence here that suggests that the house may have been constructed just prior to the Revolution on property purchased in 1772. The overall style seems to be a combination of Georgian and Federal, and it’s possible that the house was built or remodeled shortly after the Revolution, once Mary Man had married Archibald Taylor when she was 37. The family’s plantation house, called Mansfield, was built by Mary’s mother, Susannah, sometime after 1756. This plantation is now a B&B open to the public for tours and includes restored slave cabins and the slave chapel. It’s important to remember those who toiled to enable such places to have been constructed. I’m glad to see the recent attention being placed on telling the stories of the enslaved people who spent their lives working at these plantations.
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    • Shawn84Shawn84 says: 9 comments
      1994 Cape Cod
      Dallas, GA

      The interior looks to be early 1820’s to me. As does the Greek revival two story exterior portico. Probably started as a goergian colonial and had a early 1820’s Greek revival makeover. I live in one done the same way ( 1784 – 1823 ) Manning plantation, Dillon Co.

  4. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1173 comments
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    1875 Limestone house
    Langeais, Loire Valley,

    What a gorgeous house! First floor is fifty shades of yellow, and upstairs is fifty shades of blue 🙂 Just kidding, but this house is seriously rich in terms of history and embellishments throughout

  5. Leah SLeah S says: 158 comments
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    Ca. 1775 and only owned by two families to date. Amazing. I am sometimes overwhelmed by a lot of bold color, but everything about this property makes me smile. Now where is a spare few mil when I need it?

  6. Belladog1Belladog1 says: 209 comments
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    I am liking the colors very much! (1st floor) The furniture is to die for! What a wonderful piece of history. Two things…would the kitchen had been in the cellar originally? And You see all these summer kitchens with out windows that has got to be hot as hell in the summer?

  7. TGrantTGrant says: 1102 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    Yes please!!!

  8. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 2334 comments
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    1920 Colonial Revival
    Upstate/Central, NY

    Lots & lots of lovely features… to my eye, especially in the dining room!

  9. MichaelMichael says: 3371 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    That’s quite an intricate pediment over the doorways in the dining room. I asked a builder friend if he could build that……and we laughed and laughed! It is quite a beautiful home!

  10. Old house stalkerI was born and raised in the south NJOld house stalkerI was born and raised in the south NJ says: 54 comments
    1973 bungalow
    Chincoteague Island, VA

    Oh my stars!! This Beautiful lady is absolutely breathtaking. Just thinking about the history that this house has seen and survived is amazing. She is a true dazzler. I love the summer kitchen ( that is what the “detatched kitchen ” is actually called. They used the summer kitchens so as not to heat up the already oppressively hot house in summer.


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