58 Tradd Street

58 Tradd Street (HMWFS)

Location: Charleston, SC 29401 Charleston County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 46.481', W 79° 55.826'

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Cleland-Wells House

— circa 1760 —

This three-story stuccoed single house
was constructed circa 1760 by Charleston
physician Dr. William Cleland as a
residence for his son William. After
William's death the property was
purchased in 1778 by Scottish ?migr?
Robert Wells, the largest bookseller
and printer in the Southern colonies.
Wells and his son John used the first floor
and perhaps the cellar of this building to
publish a Tory newspaper, the South
Carolina and American General Gazette.

The Wells were banished from South
Carolina for their Tory sympathies under
the "Act for Disposing of Certain Estates
and Banishing Certain Persons." Their
house was confiscated by the sheriff and
sold at auction to a local gunsmith by
authority of the 1782 Act of Confiscation.
Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: Preservation Society of Charleston series
Year Placed1999
Placed ByPreservation Society of Charleston
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 11:14pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 600170 N 3626814
Decimal Degrees32.77468333, -79.93043333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 46.481', W 79° 55.826'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 46' 28.86" N, 79° 55' 49.56" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 61 Tradd St, Charleston SC 29401, US
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