710 South Main Street
Summerville, South Carolina 29483
Phone: 217-714-4514

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Flowertown, SC

Benjamin Greig, a Scotsman and Civil War veteran, built this grand historic home in 1889, shortly after the 1886 earthquake that felled many homes in Charleston. Mr. Greig was quite thrifty and designed the home himself, including the addition of wood ceilings throughout the entire house to prevent collapse in the event of another earthquake or hurricane. Its graceful design and stunningly beautiful woodwork 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, and the detail of the columns and balustrades simply cannot be overlooked.

At present, little is known about the ownership of the home from about the mid-century time period to the early 1990s, when Greg and Veronique Elam purchased the property, restored its original beauty, and converted the second-floor rooms into four charming guest rooms, each with its own en suite bath. They also planned and planted the extensive gardens, with lovely garden “rooms,” water features, and pergolas. The exterior landscape is so lovely that Good Housekeeping magazine featured the gardens in their Spring 2006 feature “Garden Ideas and Outdoor Living.”

Flowertown Bed & Breakfast, as it stands today, opened its doors in 1997 and has hosted thousands of guests who have been astounded at the grandeur of the home and authentic period furnishings.

The current owners, Chris and Carol Grant, are no strangers to hospitality! We owned a bed-and-breakfast in Champaign, IL, for 10 years, and after searching for the perfect Southern bed-and-breakfast for two and a half years, we finally purchased the Flowertown Bed & Breakfast in December 2018 and have warmly welcomed guests since then.


Elegant & Sophisticated

All guests have access to complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the home and property, but we also understand if you prefer to stay off the grid during your stay!

Prepare to indulge! Every morning, you can expect one of my breakfast specialties, including delectable baked pears, a Spanish omelet, angel puff, or French toast. All of my tried-and-true recipes have passed the test of my most discerning audiences (my husband) before being added to the regular menu.

If you are looking for all the best that Charleston and Summerville, SC have to offer, you want our Free Guide “What to Do and Where to Go When Visiting Charleston and Summerville, SC.” Let us help you prioritize the countless options available when you visit the Lowcountry. We can’t wait to see you!

Directions to Flowertown Bed and Breakfast

From Exit 199A on I-26, head south on Main Street for three miles. You will pass through Historic Summerville and Hutchinson Square will be on your right. Go through the intersection of South Main Street and Richardson Avenue. You will pass Azalea Park on your right and left. Go through the next set of traffic lights and Flowertown Bed and Breakfast will be the first driveway on your right. The entrance is marked for guests. You will pass through two brick columns to the guest parking area. Please come to the front porch to enter this grand old house and access your room. We can’t wait to host you!

Flowertown Bed & Breakfast
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