Charleston, South Carolina, is a city with beautiful historically significant architecture. It grew from a colonial seaport to a wealthy city by the mid-eighteenth century, trading rice, cotton and indigo. The Edmondston-Alston House is one of the many house museums in the city. Don “Mac” McMillan ’59 and Marjorie “Jerry” (Leavitt ’61) McMillan—docents of the house—show tourists around as they fall in love with Charleston.
It was love at first sight when Don was on the orientation committee at Grove City College and met Jerry at freshmen orientation—ironically acting as a docent to Jerry. They began dating and were married three-and-a-half years later. After Don’s medical school teaching and research career was over, they decided it was time for a change.
Retirement brought Don and Jerry to Charleston, along with wanting to be close to their son and the ocean. “We had no idea in college that we would be doing this,” Don said. “Charleston is a wonderful city with history and tourists. I think Charleston has a lot to offer. There are wonderful beaches here, not to say there aren’t nice beaches all along the coast, but none that have a 300-year-old city with a short drive to the beach. I think that’s very special. The food is wonderful, the history is wonderful, and the culture is good. It’s just a very neat place.”
Condé Nast Traveler voted Charleston the number one tourist destination in the world in 2012, and it was also the number one tourist destination in the United States for the second year in a row.
Charleston offers a number of historic house museums, but the Edmondston-Alston House exists as the only one that remains in the same extended family since 1838. The same furniture remains at the house along with the family’s personal items. In fact, the current owners live on the private third floor of the house today.
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