Hanover House

The Hanover House once housed the St. Julien-Ravenel family. Originally constructed near Charleston, in present day Berkeley County, South Carolina, the home was moved to Clemson University upon the creation of Lake Moultrie. 

This special chronicles the history and cultural contributions tied to the home. The St. Julien family, part of the French Huguenot exodus, fled from France to escape political and religious persecution.  The St. Juliens emigrated to Charleston, South Carolina, where they built their plantation, and made their fortune.  The impacts and contributions made by African Americans can still be seen today in South Carolina's low country. Rice was the main cash crop in South Carolina's early history, and many of the low country's swampy marshlands started out as rice fields. Once the home came under the care of Clemson University, great efforts were made to dismantle the home, move, rebuild it, and restore the home to its former glory. 

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The French Huguenot Exodus | Hanover House
The French Huguenot Exodus | Hanover House

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The beginning is about the house’s original owner, Paul de St. Julien’s family, and their French Huguenot origins. They moved to Charleston, S.C. to escape religious and political persecution, when...
African American Contributions | Hanover House
African American Contributions | Hanover House

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William Hiott and Patrick McMillan discuss the contributions made by African Americans. When Paul de St. Julien died in 1741, he owned forty-five slaves. Most of the profit which came from St. Julien...
House History And Tour | Hanover House
House History And Tour | Hanover House

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This last segment features a tour around the house, showing each room, design choices exclusive to each room, and some of the antiques and various artifacts on display in the home. Today, the house...