The Burt-Stark Mansion will hold its 2nd annual Spring Wine Walk on Saturday April 27, 2013 from 2-5 p.m. The wine walk will give participants an opportunity to taste a wide variety of wines at stops that include historic landmarks such as the Burt-Stark Mansion, and many specialty stores in the Court Square area.
Tickets are $25 each and available at the Burt-Stark Mansion, Uptown Girls, Lucia's, The Greater Abbeville Chamber of Commerce, and 105 West. It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance as there is limited availability. This event will begin at on the grounds of the mansion.
The Burt-Stark Mansion was built in the 1830's and possesses great significance in the history of the United States. It was built in the Greek Revival style and is furnished with Southern antiques, including furniture, silver, crystal, rugs, and paintings. It was in the Burt-Stark Mansion that the War Between the States finally came to an end. On May 2, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, in retreat but still fighting, held the last council of war of the Confederacy. Present at the meeting were cabinet members Benjamin, Mallory, Breckinridge, and five of the Brigade Commanders, Ferguson, Dibrell, Vaughn, Duke, and Breckinridge. At this meeting, Davis was convinced by his generals and Cabinet that the Southern resources were exhausted and any attempt to fight another campaign would only bring misery to the region. It was in this house that President Davis finally admitted, "All is indeed lost."
The Burt-Stark Mansion is maintained and operated by the Abbeville County Historic Preservation Commission, an organization formed by the last owner of the home, Mary Stark Davis. It was Mrs. Davis' desire that the mansion's rich history be preserved for future generations to visit and enjoy. The Commission is made up of a board of volunteers which are appointed by the Governor of South Carolina. The Burt-Stark Mansion receives no federal or state government funding, and therefore relies on tours, special events and donations for operations and maintenance.
The Burt-Stark Mansion is located just off the historic Court Square in Abbeville. Tours are available on Fridays and Saturdays from 1:30-4:30, and by appointment (864) 366-0166. The cost of tours is $10.00 per person. The grounds of the mansion are also available to rent for special events such as weddings, receptions, and family reunions.