Lewis Reeve Sams House
Bay Street Inn
601 Bay St.;(Beaufort County)
R120 004 000 0960 0000
August 3 1997
Historic Core Shape:
Number of Stories:
facade & both elevations
National Register Determination:
contributes to listed district
Signficant Architectural Features:
large 2 story framed dwelling raised high on masonry foundation. Plan "T" shaped with 2 story block centered on north facade. South features memorable 2 story tiered porch in Greek Revival style supported on fluted Doric columns at first floor level and
Restoration and rehabilitation throughout.
Construction ca. 1852 is attributed to Lewis Reeve Sams (1784-1856) a planter who at one time owned one half of Dataw Island, his brother Dr. Berners Barnwell Sams owning the other. Unfortunately nothing is known about the artisans employed by the two
Source of Historical Information:
National Archives RG 58, Direct Tax Claims. See also WPA Guide to Early American Homes. Historic Beaufort Foundation historic sites survey files.