South Carolina’s oldest gem: a colonial debate

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South Carolina boasts a rich history, reflected in the ongoing debate about its “oldest building.” There are two strong contenders: Otranto Plantation House: Located in Hanahan, Berkeley County, this captivating structure whispers of 1679 origins. Col. William Rhett House: Located in Charleston, this meticulously preserved residence boasts a definitive construction date of 1712. It showcases the architectural style of early South Carolina and the life of a prominent colonist.

While technicalities may differ, both structures offer a glimpse into South Carolina’s long history. One whispers of possible early beginnings, and the other stands as a documented testament to colonial life.

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