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Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
+1 843-723-1159
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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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  • Average7%
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48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
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"audio tour"
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"own pace"
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"slave quarters"
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"urban plantation"
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"original state"
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"art gallery"
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"historic charleston foundation"
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"combo ticket"
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"step back in time"
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Reviewed 20 May 2016

My sister and I had the opportunity to rent the Carriage House. It was wonderful. The William Aiken House is actually an Event Venue. This historic home is amazing!

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Reviewed 19 May 2016

House is in mostly original condition which was a plus for us. Restorations sometimes take on Hollywood pretensions, This is as authentic as it gets.

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Reviewed 18 May 2016

The Aiken Rhett house is preserved by the Historic Charleston Foundation, in such a manner that each of the ages of occupation can be demonstrated. One can travel into each of those ages of occupation, from the early 19th century on. If youi want a...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2016

I did not understand the difference between a "restored home" and a "renovated home." The house had been neglected for many years and is still is this neglected state. I do hope that they are working to get enough money to renovate it. From room...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2016

My husband and I walked to the Aiken-Rhett house and took free trolley back to King Street. The house was very interesting to us as we had never seen nor heard of an "urban plantation" Yes, the house has faded furniture and wallpaper but it...More

1  Thank Csac56
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Reviewed 16 May 2016

Although this house has an interesting history, I would much rather tour a house that has been restored. Having said that, I feel that the architecture, the grounds are well worth a look and the "art room" is a must see! You will have head...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Great self guided tour allows you to go at your pace... You get a feeling of what life was like in the 18th century. Reasonable price and worth the tour.

Thank Tim B
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Reviewed 13 May 2016

This house has so much history and it was wonderful to see it being preserved for future generations.

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Reviewed 12 May 2016

This house is preserved, not restored, but it is interesting. It takes you into the lives of the original owners.

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Reviewed 11 May 2016

Very interesting tour of a city plantation. The house is conserved, but not redone. Nice bookend to the Nathaniel Russell House tour.

Thank jhansel
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Jackie P
14 March 2018|
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Response from LSD11 | Reviewed this property |
Allow an hour to visit each house. Parking is on-street for both houses.
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Ryan H
29 March 2017|
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Response from Kristen H | Reviewed this property |
There are multiple houses that have joint offers. The Aiken-Rhett House allows you to buy a joint ticket with the Natheniel Russell House. You can the ticket at either house the day of.
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Gina H
19 November 2015|
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