Originally built in 1853 by Sara Smith, Workstead House | Charleston is one of four rowhouses making up historic Bee's Row. Distinguished by their terracotta cast pediments, fences and elaborate interior moldings, the brownstones resemble homes built in Savannah, New York, and Boston in the mid-19th century. Taken over during the Civil War by William C. Bee, the properties served as warehouses for goods smuggled through the Union blockade during the Civil War. Shoppers went to the Bee Store, or the Bee Block as the row was called, to buy merchandise brought into port by Bee and other confederate blockade runners. Other notable owners including David Lopez Jr., South Carolina's general superintendent during the Civil War and the first practicing Jew to build a synagogue in the United States, and George A. Trenholm, the man said to be the inspiration for Rhett Butler in Margaret Mitchell's iconic work, Gone with the Wind.
The estate now enters its third, definitive chapter as Workstead House | Charleston.