Tour the Confederate Home and College

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Confederate Home and College PROVIDED

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The Confederate Home and College is pleased to announce its premier event entitled, “The Confederate Home Tour of Studios,” on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 5-7:30 p.m. The tour is open to the public. Limited tickets are available; tickets are sold at $50 each. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

This event is a rare and exclusive opportunity to visit and experience the Confederate Home, her secretive lush gardens and the working studios of 17 successful and accomplished artists. This is a one-of-a-kind event and all proceeds will benefit the Confederate Home and go towards helping restore and maintain this cherished and historical building.

The Confederate Home was built circa 1800 and was first the home of Governor John Geddes with special visitors such as President James Monroe. It later became the Carolina Hotel in the 1840s and also housed the federal court up until the Civil War. In 1867, in the aftermath of the war, Ms. Mary Amarinthia Snowden and her sister, Isabella Yates Snowden, established the building as a refuge and home for Confederate widows and orphans. Later, a private library and school was founded for the education of women, and so the house became the Confederate Home and College. The home and school served thousands of women, providing economical room and board as well as scholarships to higher education. In the spirit of the Snowden sisters and their compassion, the home continues to fund five college scholarships, provides moderately priced housing for qualified residents and serve those in need.

Today, the home has been converted into apartments, small studios and banquet and meeting rooms. The home boasts ownership to one of Charleston's largest and most secret gardens. Tucked away in downtown Charleston, it is beautiful and hidden gem that has been used for private events and famous weddings. This studio tour will also permit a rare glimpse into the secret gardens of the Confederate Home, which are normally private and closed to the public. It will provide much-needed funds for the restoration and maintenance of this historical and monumentally important building. The tour includes the work places of a wide array and range of professional artists, photographers, painters, conservators, authors and creative Confederate Home residents. Those participating will be: West Fraser, Marion Hunter, Martha Jackson, Catherine Rogers, Sara Boyd, Steven Nicoll, Stephen Smith, Mary Ann Reames, Matt and Ted Lee (the Lee Brothers), Carol Gardner, Helen Warren, William Matalene, Josephine Humphrey, Betsy Cahill, Anne Patrick, Pam Dullum and Sally Smith.

The Confederate Home and College is located in historic downtown Charleston at 62 Broad St. and will host this unique and special event Thursday, Nov. 6, from 5-7:30 p.m. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to stroll through the studios of working artists and writers and to interact with them personally. For more information, please call 843-722-2026.

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