History has crossed the threshold of the Elizabeth Barnwell Gough House. For over 200 years, the hopes, struggles, triumphs and defeats of Beaufort have been played out within its walls. The house has been home to an ill-fated romance, Revolutionary War heroes, leaders of a young nation, architects of its near demise in civil war, heroes on the side of the North and pioneering women. It has a history as rich as the patina of its tabby walls. Extraordinary people came, lived and died here. Ordinary people have added to its history as well. There were people of great wealth and people who struggled with economic hardships. There were people who helped shape their eras and people whose lives were shaped by their times.
Restored by true preservationists, the home offers all the modern conveniences with a clear focus on the true architecture and character of this important home.
The home underwent a full restoration including a copper roof, new baths, new kitchen, wiring and plumbing as well as HVA/C systems and the structure itself. There are eight working fireplaces in the home, all with beautifully detailed mantels and 11foot ceilings on the two main levels.
The Main Level The main floor offers beautifully proportioned rooms with a wide center hall and flanking rooms including a library and living room, as well as a kitchen and dining room. Beautiful cypress paneling, intricate mantels and moldings and original heart pine wide plank floors are throughout the two main levels. The dining room offers a separate bar area with heart pine counters and a private half bath. The eat-in kitchen is spacious and features a Garland gas stove and Traulsen refrigerator and freezer. A large butler's pantry is adjacent to the kitchen and the center hall offers additional cabinetry for china and glasses as well as an additional refrigerator.
Second Level: The second floor offers one of the more unique features of the home, a massive ballroom that opens to the second story veranda. Also there is an office or upstairs sitting room as well as two large bedrooms and baths. One bathroom suite includes a washer/dyer area. There is a second porch that overlooks the gardens in the rear of the house.
Ground Level: The brick floored ground level includes a media/recreation room and a bedroom with a bath & shower. A large laundry, mudroom and art studio are also on this level as is plenty of storage space and an abundance of built-in cabinets. Exposed beams in the ceiling add character to these rooms that enjoy plenty of natural light and garden views.
Gardens: Adorned with gas lanterns, the walled and electronically gated grounds contain a heated lap pool surrounded by formal gardens with mature landscaping interspersed with brick walkways. The garden plantings include Azaleas, Pittosporum, Boxwood mixed with citrus trees and surrounded by massive Live Oaks. A copper roofed carport with a oyster shell drive and motor court are found at the back corner of the property. At night, the grounds are bathed in subtle tree lighting and the glow from gas lanterns that adorn the gates and house.
The residence is one of only a few two-story Tabby constructed homes in America and served as a hospital for the Massachusetts 57th Regiment. Measuring approximately 8120 square feet, the property consists of .74 acre of land located in the heart of downtown Beaufort. The Elizabeth Barnwell Gough House is awaiting its 12th owner and the next chapter in its storied history.
This material is based upon information, which we consider reliable, but because it has been supplied by third parties, we cannot represent that it is accurate or complete, and it should not be relied upon as such.