Tours of historical house in Georgetown kick off Saturday

jfrost@thesunnews.comOctober 12, 2012 

Tours will start Saturday of a house in Georgetown where historical accounts show George Washington was entertained there in 1791.

The two-bedroom, two-floor Stewart Parker Designer Showhouse is at 1003 Front Street in Georgetown.

Twelve area designers have transformed the porches, rooms and grounds at the house for the tours.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, with the proceeds going to three charities: Healthy Learners, Friends of The Kaminski House Museum and Smith Medical Clinic.

Those who buy their tickets Wednesdays can also attend a free cocktail party at the Rice Paddy Restaurant, 732 Front Street, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on those Wednesdays.

Tours of the house, which continue through Oct.27, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. At 3 p.m. this Sunday, landscape designer Sharon Turner will give a tour and lecture on gardens, said Mindy McVay, a professional member of the American Society of Interior Design who is design coordinator for the house.

Also this Sunday and Oct.21, the 12 designers who transformed the house will be there to greet guests and explain the challenges they faced in the rooms or space they did. The Showhouse Boutique, 905 Front Street, also will be open for visitors to shop.

Visitors will see at the Southern-style, no boundaries-themed house a porch, foyer, dining room, living room, riverfront study, powder bath, breakfast room and kitchen on the first floor, McVay said.

On the second floor, there is a foyer hallway, study, master bedroom, bath and a riverfront porch. Some items in the house will be for sale: sofas, tables, porch swing, outdoor furniture, accessories, lightning, etc., McVay said.

About 50 volunteers will give visitors tours of the house.

The Stewart-Parker house, named after its first and last owners, was built by Robert Stewart about 1740, said Cindy Kinder, director of the Kaminski House Museum.

It is local tradition that Daniel Tucker, a wealthy merchant who bought the house and property in 1787 after Stewart’s death, entertained George Washington in the house during his tour of the South in 1791, according to the museum’s website.

The semi-circular rooms on the street-side of the house were added in 1820, Kinder said.

In 2001, there was a fire at the house. A lot of the floor had to be replaced, Kinder said.

Carolina First bank owned the house at the time and gave it to the Parker-Stewart House Foundation in 2001, which then leased the house in 2002 to the city of Georgetown, according to the museum’s website. The South Carolina chapter of The Colonial Dames of America took over ownership of the house in 2006.

The Parkers last lived in the house in 1974, Kinder said.

To get tickets, go to Stewart Parker’s website at www.designershowhousegtownsc.com or to the following selected stores:

The Kaminski House Museum Store, 1003 Front Street, Georgetown

Bienvenue Home Accents, 624 Front Street, Georgetown

Goudelock & Company, 711 Front Street, Georgetown

Park Smith Boutique, 324 Main Street, Conway

Rose Arbor, 6916 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach

Currents Home Furnishings, 10185 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island

Harrington Altman, 11270 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island

Primarily Pine, 11302 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island

Posh Living, 770 U.S. 17 Business, Surfside Beach

Contact JANELLE FROST at 443-2404.

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