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6 Water Street c. 1818

Francis Saltus House c. 1818 Prior to the first decade of the 1800’s, Water Street was a tidal stream and the invariable flooding prevented residential development, consequently the residence at 6 Water Street was one of the first houses constructed along this street. The original builder of this Federal style house was Francis Saltus who purchased the land from the Rivers family in 1818 and put the property in trust for his married daughter Susan Ann Lubbock. The residence was later sold in 1832 to Otis Mills, a wealthy entrepreneur who developed the original Mills House, one of the grand hotels of pre-Civil War Charleston. A various points in time, the house has served as both single family residence and multi-tenant investment property. Today, after a significant restoration, the home serves as a private residence.