JUNE 30, 2012
FORT SUMTER HOUSE HOTEL
Charleston, South Carolina (JFK+50) We are vacationing in downtown Charleston, South Carolina for the next few days.
Today we drove down to the BATTERY & passed the historic FORT SUMTER HOUSE at 1 King Street.
The Fort Sumter House was built in 1923 & described as “the only luxury hotel on the Peninsula.”*
*Today the Fort Sumter House is no longer a hotel but luxury condominiums.
In January 1942, John F. Kennedy stayed at the Fort Sumter House with his girlfriend, INGA MARIE ARVAD, during 2 weekends.**
Inga, a former Miss Denmark, had been introduced to JFK in Washington by his sister Kathleen who was a co-worker at the Washington Times-Herald.
Their relationship lasted from the Fall of 1941 to late February 1942.
Because the FBI suspected Inga of being a Nazi spy, Jack & Inga’s room at the Fort Sumter House was bugged & the telephone tapped.
JFK had been transferred by the US NAVY to a desk job in Charleston on January 12, 1942 because of his relationship with Inga, but she visited him here 3 times.
The 1st 2 weekends they spent together at the Fort Sumter House Hotel & the 3rd at the FRANCES MARION HOTEL.
While they spent most of the time in their room, they apparently found time to go shopping on KING STREET & attend mass at the CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST.
**Inga was 28 years old in the fall of 1941 while JFK was 24. Jack’s ‘pet name’ for his girlfriend was “Inga Binga”.