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Aiken-Rhett House

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Address: 48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
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+1 843-723-1159
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The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique in...

The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique in many ways. For example, it remained in the hands of family descendents for 142 years until it was sold to The Charleston Museum and opened as a museum house in 1975. Historic Charleston Foundation purchased the house in 1995 and adopted a conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings.

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Preserved mansion

The theory here is preservation rather than restoration, and it works. The building is gorgeous, and seeing the remnants of its grandeur is infinitely more interesting that... read more

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West Harrison, NY
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West Harrison, NY
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The theory here is preservation rather than restoration, and it works. The building is gorgeous, and seeing the remnants of its grandeur is infinitely more interesting that restoring it.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the house has is quite deteriorated in places, it gives a good sense of what life was like in pre- and post-Civil War Charleston. Helpful audio tour of all rooms and out-buildings. Interesting contrast with the fully restored Nathaniel Russell House. Combo ticket recommended.

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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is what they called an Urban Plantation. House sits on a couple of acres. What makes this place so great is it has not been restored fully. So you really see what it was like during the slavery period of time. So much wealth and so much suffering. You really real it when you walk through the stable and... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you enjoy touring historical homes and are looking for something a little different, this is your ticket. Instead of being a restored property, it's preserved. There's something quite remarkable about history and time showing itself in a pretty raw form. I feel as though there are, in some parts of the property, an ugliness that is beautiful. It's *real*... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The guide/docent who took my payment was not particularly cheerful, and she lectured me because my audio headphone was not in the correct starting place, so she wanted to know what I had done to mess it up. Not a good start. The house itself and the history of the family are interesting, and the other guides I saw at... More 

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Collingwood, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of our favourite attractions in Charleston. The house has been preserved, not restored and so it really is an authentic look at one of the early homes of what was once suburban Charleston. Audio tour is really worthwhile

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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The houses in Charleston are truly amazing and so is this one. We visited this one, using the Charleston Heritage Passport purchased at the Charleston Visitors Center and it is stamped at each house visited. This house has been beautifully restored and is one of the many gems to be seen in this wonderful gem of a city.

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houston, texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Because this is a preserved home you actually see the layers that time has laid upon the bones of this home built in 1820. It is unusual because it was kept in the same family for 142 years and for many of those years much of the home was closed off while the family only lived in a few rooms.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was perhaps the best house tour of all the ones we did. It was a self-guided audio tour which was exceptionally detailed and nicely paced. I think even better than the docent ones we did. Most of the house is left like it was in the 1800's so you can actually see the old wallpaper, construction, floors, light fixtures... More 

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Charleston, SC
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with a group in March. The kitchen house is fantastic! Love the iPad in the Living Room with computer generated views of how the rooms looked. Walk to Rue de Jean for lunch afterwards.

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