The Anchorage 1770, Beaufort, South Carolina

Name the Cottage Contest Part 5 - And The Winner Is...FamilyThe Lesesne Family

When we began making plans to turn The Anchorage House into an Inn, we knew we would be able to get thirteen guest rooms into the large tabby mansion.  However, we really wanted to have fifteen rooms.  So began the plans to build a two room cottage on the property.  After going back and forth with the city’s Historical Review Board and Historical Beaufort Foundation, our architect, Cooter Ramsey, came up with the plans for a two story, two guest room cottage located behind the main house. 

Together with Robb Wells and Beaufort’s Chamber of Commerce, we decided it would be fun to include all who love Beaufort in helping us name the new cottage.  We wrote several blogs giving the history of Beaufort, the history of the William Elliott House/Anchorage House, and the history of our families.  We did not have any preconceived ideas of names.  The playing field was wide open.  We asked for names, and we got them!  We received over 1,000 entries. We enjoyed reading each entry and had a hard time narrowing the final list down to turn over to our wonderful judges, Pat Conroy, Kristian Bush, Phoebe Howard and Ian Murray.  Can you believe it was a unanimous decision?  The winner is SOMERSET COTTAGE, entered by Juli-Ann Lee Morgan.  Somerset comes from Henry Somerset, the 2nd Duke of Beaufort for whom Beaufort, SC was named. Beaufort was chartered in 1711 as the second major settlement in South Carolina, the first being Charleston.  As one judge wrote, “The great thing about "Somerset" is that not ONLY is it historically resonant, but it's just a beautiful word. Makes you think of summer and sunsets and everything wonderful….” 

Juli-Ann Morgan is married to Brian.  She is the mother of Mac (19) and Annie (16). They have two rescue dogs, Maisy & Zoe.  She is a 1989 graduate of Wofford College, (along with Amy and Frank). Juli-Ann is the former owner of Mudge & Molly, a designer and wholesaler of children's bedding. In 2007, she decided to pursue her passion for food and farming and is currently a cheese maker and marketing consultant for Sequatchie Cove Creamery,
The Morgans live in Chattanooga and  love the outdoors. When not making cheese, Juli-Ann loves hiking, gardening, yoga, and cooking.  Congratulations Juli-Ann!  You will receive a two night stay in The Somerset Cottage, a plaque with your name on it and a $100 gift certificate to Bay Street Outfitters.  

We would like to thank Blakely Williams and Robb Wells and the Beaufort, SC Regional Chamber of Commerce for running this contest and for all of their support.  We would like to thank our wonderful judges, Pat Conroy (Author), Kristian Bush (Musician, Sugarland), Phoebe Howard (Decorator and Furniture Designer) and Ian Murray (Co-founder & Owner of Vineyard Vines).  We would also like to thank Bay Street Outfitters for their contribution to the contest. Lastly, would would like to thank all of you who took the time out to send in your fabulous, creative, witty and thoughtful entries.  Each of you will receive a 10% off promo code for your stay when you come to visit us at Anchorage 1770.