|The Anchorage House plans to reopen as a 15 room bed & breakfast inn|
The historic Anchorage House in Beaufort, South Carolina has a long and storied history. Built in 1770, the mansion, nicknamed "The Queen of the Bay" for its prominent location overlooking the waterfront, was owned by the William Elliott family from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. It served as a Union Hospital during the Civil War and then became the clubhouse for the Sea Island Hotel after the war and then the Ribaut Club, a social club for locals and sea captains. Around 1900, Admiral Beardsley, a retired naval officer, purchased the property and began an $80,000 renovation (that would be $1.5 million today). After the Admiral's death, the property was auctioned off and over the subsequent years, served as a tourist home, a restaurant, event space and corporate office space.
Now, the Lesene family from Atlanta have purchased the property, invested $3 million, and plan to breath new life into the home by opening a bed & breakfast inn featuring 15 waterfront rooms, (including 15 new bathrooms), a new two-room cottage, and a roof-top deck. The inn is expected to open in the winter of 2015 and will be a welcome addition to the Beaufort waterfront. Follow along with their progress on their blog and make plans to stay at the Anchorage House for a truly historical visit.