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Charleston's John Rutledge House Inn Celebrates 250th Anniversary of the Home in 2013

CHARLESTON, S.C., Nov. 28, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The John Rutledge House Inn®, built in 1763 by one of the original signers of the Constitution of the U.S.—John Rutledge—is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the home in 2013 with an exciting line-up of commemorative events and inspired packages all year long. The range of events and packages throughout the year are intended to appeal to a variety of ages and interests, from family-friendly weekends to exclusive tours to romantic date nights. The John Rutledge House Inn® invites past guests and first timers to celebrate one of the first homes in America while experiencing historic Charleston like never before.

Below is a list of events and packages for the 2013 anniversary year. For more information on any of the calendar listings or to speak with a concierge from the AAA Four Diamond John Rutledge House Inn®, call 800.476.9741 or visit www.johnrutledgehouseinn.com.

Running All Year

"Birth of a Nation" Package

Our friend John LaVerne at Bulldog Tours in Charleston has put together an exclusive "Birth of a Nation" tour in honor of John Rutledge and the 250th anniversary. During this two-hour tour, guests will feel as if they knew John Rutledge personally as they hear tales of his home life, his political role in Charleston, and his prominent place in American history. Get a behind-the-scenes glance at the John Rutledge House Inn®, the Old Exchange Building, the Heyward-Washington House, and St. Michael's Church and graveyard, where John Rutledge is buried.

Package Rates: Two nights in a Standard Room from $619 (two people). All packages also include afternoon tea, deluxe continental or cooked breakfast, evening sherry and brandy, daily newspaper, wireless Internet, and evening turndown service.

January 2013

Reunion for Graduates of the Gaud School for Boys

Friday, January 25

What is now the John Rutledge House Inn® was once the site of an esteemed all-boys preparatory school, the Gaud School. From 1961 to 1964, then-headmaster Berkeley Grimball taught some 200 students at 116 Broad Street, adding fine teachers and incorporating an athletic program. In 1964, Gaud School, Watt School, and Porter Military Academy merged to become Porter-Gaud School, one of Charleston's leading college preparatory institutions.

John Rutledge House Inn® will host a cocktail reception for students who attended classes when the Gaud School was housed at 116 Broad Street. A special overnight rate of $235 will be offered for those attending the reunion.

July 2013

Fireworks and Fun Family Weekend

July 4-6, 2013

This special three-night package will offer families a fun and unique way to observe Independence Day in Charleston. To celebrate the 4th of July, John Rutledge House Inn® will provide everything you need to watch the fireworks display over the Charleston Harbor from Waterfront Park, including chairs, blankets and a gourmet picnic for the family.

The package also includes a one-of-a-kind Scavenger Hunt, where families will explore the best attractions and iconic Charleston places. As with any good scavenger hunt, a prize will be waiting at the end!

The weekend caps off with something special for both parents and kids — a special date night for parents, who will be treated to a three-course romantic dinner for two at our award-winning sister restaurant, Circa 1886; and Movie + Pizza in the ballroom for the kids, a truly unique setting for a night of fun.

Package Rates: Three nights in a Standard Room from $999 (two adults, one child; additional children are $25). All packages also include afternoon tea, deluxe continental or cooked breakfast, evening sherry and brandy, daily newspaper, wireless Internet access, and evening turndown service.

August 2013

Summer Finale for the Family Weekend

Labor Day Weekend: August 31- September 2, 2013

Celebrate Labor Day weekend with the family with this fun and kid-friendly package. The whole family will enjoy spending a night cheering on Charleston's hometown minor league baseball team, the RiverDogs, at their home stadium, " The Joe," located on the banks of the Ashley River.

The package also includes a one-of-a-kind Scavenger Hunt, where families will explore the best attractions and iconic Charleston places. As with any good scavenger hunt, a prize will be waiting at the end!

The weekend caps off with something special for both parents and kids — a special date night for parents, who will be treated to a three-course romantic dinner for two at our award-winning sister restaurant, Circa 1886; and Movie + Pizza in the Ballroom for the kids, a truly unique setting for a night of fun.

Package Rates: Three nights in a Standard Room from $999 (two adults, one child; additional children are $25 each total). All packages also include afternoon tea, deluxe continental or cooked breakfast, evening sherry and brandy, daily newspaper, wireless Internet access, and evening turndown service.

September 2013

Semiquincentennial Celebration Weekend

September 20-22, 2013

The John Rutledge House Inn® kicks off this ultimate weekend of revelry with an antebellum party in honor of the Inn's namesake, John Rutledge. Guests will be treated to heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, live music and servers in period costumes. This special event is also open to non-hotel guests and tickets are $100/person. 50% of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Historic Charleston Foundation, a local organization that has been dedicated to preserving and protecting the architectural, historical and cultural character of Charleston since 1947.

On Saturday, guests will be treated to the exclusive "Birth of a Nation" tour in honor of John Rutledge and the 250th anniversary. During this two-hour tour, guests will feel as if they knew John Rutledge personally as they hear tales of his home life, his political role in Charleston, and his prominent place in American history. Get a behind-the-scenes glance at the John Rutledge House Inn®, the Old Exchange Building, the Heyward-Washington House, and St. Michael's Church and graveyard, where John Rutledge is buried.

Saturday night concludes with a three-course dinner for two at our award-winning sister restaurant, Circa 1886.

Package Rates: Two nights in a Standard Room from $1055 (two adults). Includes two tickets to the Semiquincentennial Party; three-course dinner for two at Circa 1886; and two tickets to the Birth of a Nation walking tour. All packages also include afternoon tea, deluxe continental or cooked breakfast, evening sherry and brandy, daily newspaper, wireless Internet access, and evening turndown service.

November 2013

"Steeping in History" Weekend Package

November 15-17, 2013

We have created this special weekend as a way for families and friends alike to build memories from one generation to the next. Guests are invited to commemorate the beauty of a bygone era at a formal tea, served on Saturday afternoon in the Ballroom. Enjoy an English-inspired tea menu, as well as Charleston's beloved She Crab Soup, which tradition says was created at the John Rutledge House by butler William Deas in the early 1900s.

Guests will be treated during the weekend to the exclusive "Birth of a Nation" tour in honor of John Rutledge and the 250th anniversary. During this two-hour tour, guests will feel as if they knew John Rutledge personally as they hear tales of his home life, his political role in Charleston, and his prominent place in American history. Get a behind-the-scenes glance at the John Rutledge House Inn®, the Old Exchange Building, the Heyward-Washington House, and St. Michael's Church and graveyard, where John Rutledge is buried.

Package Rates: Two nights in a Standard Room from $619 (two people). All packages also include afternoon tea, deluxe continental or cooked breakfast, evening sherry and brandy, daily newspaper, wireless Internet access, and evening turndown service.

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John Rutledge, one of the fifty-five signers of the Constitution of the U.S., built his stunning antebellum home in 1763 at 116 Broad Street in historic downtown Charleston. Now exquisitely restored, it is one of only fifteen homes belonging to those signers to survive - and the only one to now accommodate overnight hotel guests. The John Rutledge House Inn®, a AAA Four Diamond property, offers nineteen guest rooms within a complex of three buildings. One may choose between the elegance of rooms and spacious suites in the original grand residence or the charm and seclusion of rooms in the Inn's two carriage houses. John Rutledge House Inn® recently ranked #5 of the "Top 40 Hotels in the South" in the 2012 Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards. For more information, visit www.johnrutledgehouseinn.com or call 843.723.7999.

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