Tagged charleston

The Accidental Peach Tree

The harvest is in at the Chancognie House and I thank you for following the trials and tribulations of cultivating peaches here in downtown Charleston. I received quite a few questions about the peach tree, so I thought that I would provide a short history – like many things here at the Chancognie House, my…

Restoration and Renovation at the Chancognie House

For most of my time here at the Chancognie House, work has focused on restoration – bringing various parts of the house, such as the second-floor piazza archways, pictured below, back to their original appearance.  Recently, as you may have noticed from my posts on Instagram and Facebook, I embarked on a renovation project here…

The Day the Chancognie House Almost Burned Down

Like most early American cities, Charleston has a long history of fires both small and large.  Wooden buildings in close proximity to each other along with fire-building for cooking and warmth were all too often a combustible combination.  The fire of April 27-28, 1838 burned over 500 properties and stopped just down the street from…

An Unexpected Underground Discovery

Before Martha Zierden and the team from the Charleston Museum started the archaeological dig here, a previous owner told me that privy diggers had been on the property.  The owner from whom she purchased the property in the late 1970s told her that the privy had been “dug” at some point.  I later met the…

Digging Deeper – Hoyt’s Nickel Cologne

This is the first post in an occasional series where will I dig deeper into the history of an artifact found here at the Chancognie House.  I will start with the Hoyt’s Nickel Cologne bottle pictured above. Eli Waite Hoyt was born in Alexandria, NY in 1838 and moved with his parents to Lowell, MA…

Collecting at the Chancognie House

This fall I had the pleasure of attending the Delaware Antiques Show hosted by the Winterthur Museum.  As I visited different booths I was often asked, “What do you collect?”  This is an excellent question as my collecting mission at the Chancognie House is a bit unusual.  I do not focus on collecting one particular…

A Mysterious Bathing House

For those of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you have likely seen posts that I have done from the archaeological dig here on the property.  We have found and continue to find a lot of fascinating artifacts, but what you may not know is that the impetus for the dig was not…