Burt Stark Mansion, Abbeville

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The Burt-Stark Mansion, also known as Armistead Burt House, in Abbeville, South Carolina was the site of the last Council of War of cabinet members of the Confederate government. On May 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis, hoping to continue the struggle, met unanimous opposition, and realized the Confederate independence cause was lost.
It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1992, specifically for being where Jefferson Davis had his last council of war.
The property has had seven owners. The original owner, David Lesley, owned it until his death in 1855. He had hired a man named Johnson, an English landscaper, to organize the property. The next owner was a Presbyterian pastor named Thomas A. Hoyt, who owned it until 1859 when he was sent to another church in Louisville, Kentucky. A banker from Charleston, South Carolina, Andrew Simonds, bought it from Hoyt, and in 1862 sold it to Armistead Burt, who owned it when Jefferson Davis used the building.
Davis' wife, Varina Davis, had met Armistead Burt when Jefferson Davis first entered the United States Congress in December 1845. Burt invited Varina Davis and her children to his house, as Varina was sent away from Richmond, Virginia for her protection. Varina pointed out to Burt that Union soldiers might eventually burn his house for harboring her, but he said there would be no greater cause then for his house to be burnt for. Varina moved to the Mansion on April 17. Days later, after Varina had left to go further South, Davis came to the house.
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  • Interesting view of an Antebellum town home. The guide was very informative. Plan on at least an hour. We went on a hot humid day. The tour would have been more comfortable with upper floor doors ope ...  more »
  • We were surprised by the $10 entrance fee so we didn't go in. There was only 1 car in the parking lot so it didn't look very popular on a Saturday afternoon (only open on Friday and Saturday afternoon...  more »
  • Regardless of the reason for the historical significance, the architecture of this place is well worth visiting. My wife's 90 year old aunt, however, grew up and passed by here and interacted with one...  more »
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  • Beautiful condition.. Love the real Southern History. Must see
  • Very interestung history, beautiful building.
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