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Today were hearing from architectural historian Brittany V. Lavelle Tulla of BVL Historic Preservation Research who is sharing news about the lesser known history of downtown Charleston. Want to join the conversation? We invite you to write for us. Learn how to share your voice here.

The Tobias Scott House on 17 Water St. was constructed in 1866 amidst the ruins of a war-stricken Charleston and occupied by newly-freed Black craftsman Tobias Scott and his family from 1867 to 1896.

During this time, Tobias produced luxury fans, made from turkey feathers, for the Charleston elite.

Tobias Scott House at 17 Water St. | Photo by Brittany V. Lavelle Tulla

Two of his fans are currently in the collection of the Charleston Museum. According to the collection, President Theodore Roosevelt purchased one of Tobias feathered fans during his visit to Charleston at the turn of the twentieth century. Interestingly, recent construction work at 17 Water St. unearthed large turkey bones buried in the backyard.

Through his success in making fans, Tobias was able to send his children to college + they became part of the first generation of Black Charlestonians to receive higher education following the Civil War.

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