Inside one of the oldest and most expensive mansions in Charleston, which is selling for $15 million and was once owned by Abraham Lincoln’s granddaughter

The Sword Gate House in Charleston, South Carolina, boasts priceless historical value and is on the market for $16 million.

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The Sword Gate House in Charleston, South Carolina, boasts priceless historical value and is on the market for $16 million.
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In the South Carolina city of Charleston sits a beautiful, 17,000-square-foot mansion immersed in history, luxury, and exquisite design.

Read more: The Martha’s Vineyard estate that Jackie Kennedy bought for $1 million in 1979 just hit the market for $65 million – here’s a look inside the property

The home, known as The Sword Gate House, is more than 200 years old and used to be owned by one of Abraham Lincoln’s granddaughters.

According to public records, the home has spent the past decade on and off the market. It was most recently relisted in 2016 for $19.5 million. Over the past three years, it has received three price cuts and is now listed for $14.9 million.

Check out the charming Southern estate.


The Sword Gate House at 32 Legare St. is one of the oldest and grandest homes in Charleston, South Carolina.

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The asking price? Nearly $15 million.

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The current owners bought the Sword Gate House in 1999 and set about renovating the property.

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Today, the home marries sophisticated style with priceless historical value.

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“While it’s very formal, it doesn’t feel like a museum — it feels like someone lives here,” preservation architect Glenn Keyes told Handsome Properties.

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In its lifetime, The Sword Gate House has been an inn, a private all-girls school …

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… and was once owned by a granddaughter of President Abraham Lincoln. While it was intended to be a seasonal residence for Jessie Lincoln Randolph, who bought the mansion in 1930, she never ended up living in it.

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“It has kind of a mysterious air to it,” historian Robert Rosen told Charleston Real Estate. “It’s like a miniature history of Charleston.”

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It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to Historic Charleston Foundation documents.

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As for the estate’s name, Sword Gate House, inspiration was drawn from the sturdy wrought iron gate at its entrance.

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The gate was originally designed by Charles Reichardt, a German architect, and crafted by Charleston ironworker Christopher Werner in 1838 for the city’s Guard House. But it was rejected because it was too expensive, according to Historic Charleston Foundation documents.

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The gate was later purchased and installed in front of the Sword Gate House.

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Past the gates, and the brick walls that line the entire property, is the garage.

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A towering Magnolia tree on the property is 180 years old.

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There’s also a converted carriage house with three guest suites.

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A living room inside the carriage house features brick walls and beamed ceilings.

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Another room features patterned wallpaper and a brick hearth.

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There’s also a separate wing for staff and a conservatory …

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… but nothing compares to the breathtaking interior of the main residence.

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When the house was renovated in the early 2000s, preservation experts helped ensure that the home maintained its details from the Federal Era.

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The home’s plasterwork and woodwork are prime examples of Federal Era design, Richard Marks, president of Richard Marks Restoration, told Handsome Properties.

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“Sword Gate really represents some of the best surviving architecture of that Federal Period in Charleston,” he said.

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The home has woodburning fireplaces …

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… and multiple glittering chandeliers.

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The dining room’s walls were hand-painted with a mural inspired by the Charleston Harbor …

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… while the breakfast room is painted a pale green.

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A chandelier hangs down from the upper floor.

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One of the manor’s nine bedrooms is decked out in a rich royal green color palette …

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… and its bathroom’s palette matches.

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Another bedroom is decorated in shades of red and pink French toile …

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… and the master suite is stunning.

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The master bathroom has a pristine freestanding tub, which was added during the home’s restoration.

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Another bathroom in the carriage house has a clawfoot tub as well as wallpaper along its walls and ceiling.

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Not every bathroom holds a unique, vintage tub — this one is more standard.

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Upstairs in the attic of the main house is another bedroom.

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Blue and white French toile wallpaper fills the space with its nautical theme.

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Perhaps the most modern space is the kitchen.

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A curved counter sits feet from the island.

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And a modern-day oven is installed for use …

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… but a touch of the Old World can still be spotted in the carriage house kitchen, where the stove is modeled after an old wood oven.

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It’s nothing but luxury outside in front of the conservatory, where you’ll find a reflecting pool.

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Relaxing seating areas are sprinkled across the .87-acre lot …

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… and there’s also a hot tub to help you relax and unwind.

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“The grounds are magnificent. It makes a statement,” historian, lawyer, and author Robert Rosen told Handsome Properties. “This house is a very, very handsome house.”

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