Trott's Cottage

Trott's Cottage (HMIBN)

Location: Charleston, SC 29401 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 46.772', W 79° 55.812'

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First Brick Dwelling

— c.1709 —

Located within the walled city of Colonial Charles Towne, Trott's Cottage is one of the few remaining pre-Revolutionary structures.

Judge Nicholas Trott (1663-1740) owned the property prior to 1709. Judge Trott, born in England, came to America in 1699 to accept appointment by the Lords Proprietors as Attorney General for the Southern Portion of the Province of South Carolina.

In 1718, while serving on the Vice-Admiralty Bench, Trott presided over the trail of the infamous "Gentleman Pirate", Stede Bonnet, sentencing him to death by hanging. He is also remembered for his compilation of laws of the colony; "Trott's Law", one of the most complete collections of laws in the New World.

In the building's earliest days it may have been used as Judge Trott's clerk's court office and the powder receiver's quarters. It is said to have survived over the years because of its thick brick walls covered with a tabby stucco mixture of lime, mud and oyster shells.
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 2:27pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 600186 N 3627352
Decimal Degrees32.77953333, -79.93020000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 46.772', W 79° 55.812'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 46' 46.32" N, 79° 55' 48.72" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 79 Cumberland St, Charleston SC 29401, US
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