In 1888 Thomas Hughes purchased the assets of Elmore Martin's Brick Yard, located at 82 Mary St., Charleston and commenced doing business as the Hughes Company, selling lumber and building supplies.
Around 1904, H.C. Burn started working for the Hughes Company and in 1910 Mr. Hughes sold his company to the Burn brothers H.C. and Ernest P. [The mortgage listed: (2) mules and harness, (3) carts, and all other articles on the premises including brick, lumber, and lime.]
Four years later in 1914, H.C. Burn bought his brothers half interest in the company, some growth can be noted from comparing bill of sales. An additional mule was added as well as gravel, terra cotta piping, and a truck.
In 1947, H.C. Burn became ill and H. Cameron Burn. Jr. was forced to leave college to direct Hughes Lumber. Mr. Burn, Sr. never fully recovered and H. Cameron Burn, Jr. assumed complete leadership, guiding Hughes Lumber through the turbulent post war period to today's Hughes Lumber; peninsula Charleston's only full service Home and Building Center.
In 1953, C.L. "Buddy" Smith joined Hughes Company as sales manager overseeing sales for the next 38 years until his retirement in 1991. By 1957 a major addition was made to the main building, and the company was incorporated as Hughes Lumber and Building Supply Company, Inc. In 1971 Hughes joined the American Hardware cooperative and subsequently became the leading ServiStar outlet in Charleston. With the combining of ServiStar, Coast-to-Coast, and True Value under the TruServ name in 1997, Hughes is now a member of one of the largest hardware buying cooperatives in the world. Hughes started this millennium as Charleston's newest True Value member.
By 1983 John Burn and Edward Burn had joined their father in operating Hughes Lumber, becoming the third generation actively participating in providing exceptional services and products to the citizens of Charleston.
In 1983 Hughes Rental Company, Inc. was created, doing business as Hughes Equipment and Rental Supply Company under the leadership of John Burn. In 1993 Hughes Party Rental was opened to provide tents and party supplies. In 1997 John Burn opened Hughes Equipment and Party Rental at 1345 Bowman Rd., Mt Pleasant.
Hughes Lumber and Building Supply - Phone: (843) 577-6671
Monday - Friday: 7:30AM - 5:00PM