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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
10:00 - 17:00
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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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Unrestored Home Takes You Back in Time

I absolutely adored this house. I love audio tours and this was the only house we toured in Charleston that offered that feature. We saw the stables, privies, slave quarters... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2015
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Reviewed 16 July 2015

I absolutely adored this house. I love audio tours and this was the only house we toured in Charleston that offered that feature. We saw the stables, privies, slave quarters, the piazza, several rooms in the home, and learned a lot of interesting details about the Aiken-Rhett family. If the walls could talk I'm sure they'd have a lot to... More 

3 Thank teacher91
Lorain, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2015

This home is in it's original condition. I was wondering if the slave quarters were going to support our weight. The good part is the tour is done via a little mp3 player which is excellent. The bad part is if you mess up your recorder (like I did) you don't have any idea how to fix it to get... More 

2 Thank Cathy S
Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2015

Based on reviews, I thought this was the must-see spot in Charleston. I would say after visiting both this house and the Nathaniel Russell house that I would highly recommend the latter (Russell) house. However, seeing both in one day is a very interesting study in the difference between restoration and preservation. The Aiken-Rhett house is a preserved house. What... More 

3 Thank Josie S
Yardville, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2015

Another great place to learn some history and see some history. The fact that they have left this "unrestored" makes it all the more special.

2 Thank Charlestontourist58
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2015

I went on 3 total mansion tours and this one was my favorite. Why? first of all its self guided with an audio head set. you dont have to hope your tour guide is having a good day! You dont miss a beat with the guy on the recording! second, its a preservation site vs. restoration site. something i learned... More 

4 Thank GiffnChul
Lighthouse Point, Florida
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Reviewed 12 July 2015

This is the 3rd house we have toured in Charleston. We tour 1 house with each visit. We really enjoyed seeing a house before it had been restored. It gave you an appreciation for what was involved, and what it was originally like. If this is your first house tour, I would probably recommend a different house, but given that... More 

1 Thank EmilyBill
Emsworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 July 2015

This is the third time we have visited the house. We particularly like it because, unlike many other heritage properties, this one has not been restored and therefore retains original features along with a real sense of how ut might have been to live in Charleston long ago. This was a town plantation and outside are the unrestored slave quarters... More 

2 Thank Hampshireraveller
New Mexico
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Reviewed 8 July 2015

My husband and I toured this home as we were on our way out of town, and we both were glad we did. We enjoyed the self guided tour of an old mansion and slave quarters. We learned so much about life many years ago in this unrestored old home. The slaves did all of the work, and had very... More 

1 Thank Kellynewmexico
Baltimore, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2015

My companion and I ranked this as one of our top experiences in Charleston. As many posters have pointed out, this property has been preserved rather than restored. I know some people find this disappointng, but I think perhaps they don't understand the purpose of preserving the somewhat deteriorated details rather than restoring them. We found it fascinating to see... More 

2 Thank kmoulus
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 July 2015

So many homes are beautifully restored and therefore it was especially interesting to see a mansion in progress of restoration. It is within walking distance of the Tourism Information Center.

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