History

A Captivating Story Spanning Over Two Centuries

1790-1810
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1790-1810

The original structure of Cuthbert House is built for James Hazard Cuthbert near Wire’s Pond in Beaufort, three blocks back from where it sits today. Legend has it, the house was split into two and moved to it’s home at 1203 Bay Street. In 1810, John Alexander Cuthbert II marries Mary Anne Williamson, and at this time, Cuthbert splits the house in two sections and has it moved to its waterfront home at 1203 Bay Street as a gift for his new bride, to capture the cool summer breezes. According to some records, the division of the house was at one point evident where space had to be left so that the fireplaces could be reconstructed.

1861-1863
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1861-1863

The remaining Cuthbert family members flee Beaufort, South Carolina during the early days of the Civil War. Cuthbert House was confiscated, occupied and used as General Rufus Saxton’s command headquarters for the following two years. Union soldier Joel Dudley from Brighton, Massachusetts etches his name, hometown and birthdate into the black marble fireplace of what is now known as the Eastlake Suite. Additional names identified are of Isaac Kent and J.I. Cole. In 1863, the house, recorded as Block 99 Lot A, is taken by the United States Treasury Department for Nonpayment of Union War Taxes of $56.40 and valued at $7,500. General Rufus Saxton purchases Cuthbert House for $1,000 at auction.

1864-1865
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1864-1865

General Rufus Saxton resides at Cuthbert House during the Civil War, receiving a visit from General Sherman in 1865. From Major Henry Hitchcock’s 1927 book “Marching With Sherman”: “The General came to Beaufort on the 23rd of January and stayed one day quartering at General Saxton’s. The latter owns the house he lives in – a large fine double house on Bay Street fronting the sea.” 

1882-1889
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1882-1889

General Rufus Saxton sells Cuthbert House to Colonel Duncan Wilson on March 25th, 1865 following the end of the Civil War, but the sale of the property is not recorded in the city of Beaufort until April 4, 1882. Wilson was one of Saxton’s top men, responsible for building barracks, a large hospital in Hilton Head, and was instrumental in the Port Royal railroad. Colonel Duncan Wilson expands Cuthbert House with the addition of rooms, bay windows, Victorian trim and porches on either side of central portico.

1968–1989
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1968–1989

From the late 1800s to the mid 1900s, Cuthbert House changed hands several times, serving as both a private residence and partially converted into apartments. In 1972, it was thankfully spared from demolition and rightfully added to the National Register of Historic Places, solidifying its place as a cherished landmark in one of the south’s most storied cities.

1991-2023
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1991-2023

Since the early 90’s, Cuthbert House has been open as a historic inn, having been in the care of wonderful owners and innkeepers over the last 20+ years. Coastal Living describes this setting perfectly: “Fronting Beaufort Bay, the 1790 Cuthbert House Inn easily transports guests to the gentility and grandeur of the antebellum South. You can almost hear the rustle of a hoop skirt against a doorframe or the scuffing of Union soldier’s boots on the hardwood stairs.”

Meet the visionary leaders of Cuthbert House, whose passion, expertise, & charm create unforgettable guest experiences

General Manager

Carrie Felix

Carrie Felix’s life journey commenced in the picturesque state of Georgia. For many years now, she, along with her husband and son, has called Beaufort home. Passionate about sharing Beaufort’s wonders, Carrie brings a wealth of experience from various roles in hotels, restaurants, and events, offering a diverse background that deepens her understanding of exceptional guest experiences. As the General Manager of Cuthbert House, she is devoted to ensuring that every guest’s stay is nothing short of extraordinary, aiming to weave the rich history of the inn with the renowned service and warmth that define the region.

General Manager

Carrie Felix

Carrie Felix’s life journey commenced in the picturesque state of Georgia. For many years now, she, along with her husband and son, has called Beaufort home. Passionate about sharing Beaufort’s wonders, Carrie brings a wealth of experience from various roles in hotels, restaurants, and events, offering a diverse background that deepens her understanding of exceptional guest experiences. As the General Manager of Cuthbert House, she is devoted to ensuring that every guest’s stay is nothing short of extraordinary, aiming to weave the rich history of the inn with the renowned service and warmth that define the region.

Our Culinary Program
Experience culinary excellence curated by Executive Chef Michael Stewart at Cuthbert House. From our sumptuous daily breakfast to the inviting lobby bar and immersive 90-minute cooking class, each moment is something to savor.

Additional complimentary amenities

Hunting Island Beach Pass • Beach Chairs & Towels
Lawn & Courtyard Games • Courtyard Firepit & Chairs
Ice Service • S’mores Sets & Art Kits (available upon request)

1203 Bay St, Beaufort, SC 29902
843-521-1315
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