History

• In 1877, the Charleston Orphan House started the first Kindergarten in South Carolina, and one of the first in the nation.

• The Charleston Orphan House launched one of the first educational systems in South Carolina.

• The Charleston Orphan House was the first publicly-funded orphanage in the United States.

• Renowned as a childcare institution, the Orphan House hosted many distinguished guests, including Presidents James Monroe (1802), Grover Cleveland, William Howard Taft (1909) and Vice President Calvin Coolidge (1922).

• The daughter of Queen Victoria visits the Orphan House in 1883, and describes it as “without a doubt the most perfect institution.”

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