Hammock Coast Edition March/April 2022

58 www. ReadMPM. com | www. VOICE forRea l Es tate. com | www.MountPl easantBu i lder s . com Imagine, for a moment, stepping back to the earliest days of this country. Georgetown, founded in 1729, was well on its way to becoming a notable, prosperous community. Six miles out of town living on the famed Mansfield Plantation were Mary Man and her mother. In 1775, Mary decided to build a “townhouse” in Georgetown for entertaining. She bought two lots and supervised the construction herself. That house, 528 Front Street, survives today. Remarkably, it has only passed ownership to two families in all these years, and the newest owner is a descendent of the first family. The original two-story colonial with center hall, stairway and eight fireplaces has been kept intact, and the interior décor has been lovingly restored. A rich colonial mustard yellow covers much of the lower woodwork, wainscoting, doors and trim. Old wallpaper has been removed, but the period style window valances, polished heart-of-pine wood floors and antique furnishings harken back to a much more genteel time. A favorite spot is the formal dining room, complete with hearth and built-in cupboards. Chandeliers provide delicate lighting in the double parlors. The kitchen is also scheduled for restoration. At one time, the second floor held a ballroom for evening soirees. Built of hand-hewn cypress, this stately white colonial sits on a treed lot in the heart of the historic district of Georgetown. It boasts double balconies with wrought iron railings, stoic columns, black shutters and a classical portico entrance. Best of all, the new owners plan to continue preserving the rich history of “The Mansion on Bay Street,” or “The Mary Man House,” for generations to enjoy. BY JANE T E . PERR I GO beautiful homes At a Glance Built: 1775 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2.5 Square Footage: 5,800 Lot size: 1 Acre Last Sold: 11/21 Price: $1,800,000 Listing Agent: Kevin Jayroe Heart of the Historic District Georgetown