John Mark Verdier House, Beaufort

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John Mark Verdier House, also known as Lafayette Building, is a building in Beaufort, South Carolina. It was built by John Mark Verdier, a French Huguenot, in 1804. The house typified Beaufort's gracious antebellum architectural style. It was a focal point of the town, a visible statement reflecting Verdier's significant wealth from trading indigo and growing sea island cotton.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
It is a contributing property in the Beaufort Historic District, which is a National Historic Landmark. It is the only house museum in Beaufort and provides tours Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00. Admission is $10.00 per person; children and military are free.

The house is owned and operated by the Historic Beaufort Foundation as a historic house museum.

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  • Very interesting tour - docent was excellent. She knew a lot of history about Beaufort in general in addition to the history of the house.  more »
  • The tour guide was very nice and very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about Beaufort history. The house was recently painted on the outside so looked very nice. The inside was nice. But not a lot of.....  more »
  • The John Mark Verdier House on Bay Street in Beaufort is a beautiful and historic house and cool museum. I like all the history and educational displays in the house. I was able to learn a lot about the history of Beaufort and the Lowcountry through all of the extensive information that was available. You can feel a lot of the history throughout the house and it is overwhelming at times. The house is very well maintained and is beautiful on the inside and is very big and grand. The staff here is very knowledgeable and really knows their history and is able to answer just about any question you may have on the house and Beaufort. This was a great place to visit and I am glad that it exists for all to enjoy.
  • I had a personal tour, only one at the 4:30 tour! The guide was so engaging and clearly had a love for period homes. Learned a bit of history, of what life was like back then, including a tidbit on why beds were so high off the ground in those days.
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