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This grand old house was built in 1889 by Benjamin Greig, a Scotsman and Civil War Veteran. The home was built shortly after the 1886 earthquake that felled many homes in Charleston. Mr. Greig was quite thrifty and designed the home himself including wood ceilings throughout the entire house to prevent collapse in the event of another earthquake or hurricane. Stunningly beautiful woodwork and design grace the home and warmly welcome all who enter.
Herbert Jessen, a judge and later, a local sheriff purchased the property from Greig’s widow in 1939 and brought the home back to its former glory. Special attention was paid to the massive porches flanking the house, the detailing of the columns and balustrades simply cannot be overlooked.
Little is known at present about ownership of the home until the early 1990’s when Greg and Veronique Elam purchased the property, restored its original beauty and converted the second floor rooms into 4 charming guest rooms, each with its own bath. Extensive gardens were planned and planted, with lovely garden “rooms,” water features and pergolas. The gardens are so lovely that Good Housekeeping featured the gardens in their Spring 2006 issue: Garden Ideas and Outdoor Living.
Flowertown Bed and Breakfast opened its doors in 1997 and has hosted thousands of guests who are astounded at the grandeur of the home and authentic period antique furnishings. The Grants owned a B & B for 10 years in Champaign, IL, and so, are no strangers to hospitality. After a 2.5 year search for the perfect B & B, Chris and Carol Grant purchased Flowertown Bed and Breakfast in December 2018 and have warmly welcomed guests since then.