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The Nathaniel Russell House
A House Museum of Historic Charleston Foundation
Charleston's golden age of commerce reached its zenith at the turn of the eighteenth century, with Nathaniel Russell as one of its richest merchants. The second son of a wealthy Rhode Island family, Russell came to Charleston at the age of twenty-seven to make his fortune. Building a career by shipping rice, indigo, tobacco, and cotton, as well as slaves, to and from New England, the West Indies, South America, Virginia, Great Britain, continental Europe, West Africa, and Asia, he amassed a great fortune and gained entrée to Charleston's loftiest society. In 1808, he constructed a house in the high-style neoclassical mode which is both a lasting monument to his success and one of the city's crown architectural jewels.