Of primary significance is the brick construction, which was locally
made .The main columnned portico was added about 1845, with the large
porches being added around 1915. The house itself is built in the federal style.
One of the most famous patrons was South Carolina Senator John C. Calhoun, who frequently spent the night in the tavern. The southwest room on the second floor is typically called the John C. Calhoun room. Local legend claims that George Washington spent a night in the house, but since he never visited the Upcountry and died before construction began, that seems unlikely.