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Edmondston-Alston House

21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
+1 843-722-7171
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Enjoy the piazza

I toured other historic homes and this one had a beautiful view from its piazza. Come early and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Des Moines, Iowa
Edmondston-Alston House

Although the home is filled with history, our docent spent 90% of her talk telling us about the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Cincinnati, OH
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Of Charleston's many fine house museums, only the Edmondston-Alston House (constructed in 1825 and enhanced in 1838) commands a magnificent view of Charleston Harbor. From its piazza, General P. T. Beauregard watched the fierce bombardment of Ft. Sumter on April 12, 1861, signaling the start of the Civil War. And on December 11 of the same year, the house gave refuge to General Robert E. Lee the night a wide-spreading fire threatened his safety in a Charleston hotel. Much like the Middleton Place House Museum, the collection at the Edmondston-Alston House Museum consists of pieces that belonged to the family, reflecting not only family history but American history. Despite the ravages of the Civil War, the Earthquake of 1886 and numerous hurricanes, the Alston family pieces remain in place much as they have for over 150 years. Notable in the collection is an original print of the Ordinance of Secession, portraits, dining room table, gas lights, mirror and exquisite interior woodwork.
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21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
+1 843-722-7171
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Reviewed yesterday

I toured other historic homes and this one had a beautiful view from its piazza. Come early and linger waiting for the tour to begin. You will be able to step out onto the 2nd floor piazza while on the tour. You can visualize the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Although the home is filled with history, our docent spent 90% of her talk telling us about the former owners. She talked very little about the architecture and furnishings. We only got to see 4 rooms plus the second floor porch and she failed to...More

Thank RayGCincinnati_OH
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well kept historical home with many family heirlooms, furnishings and paintings. My tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and provided interesting details and historical perspective.

1  Thank PDXonthego
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked the entire peninsula viewing the sites in Charleston. Of everything we saw, the Edmondston-Alston House is an absolute must see. The home has had only two families as owners and it is almost entirely furnished by original pieces. I overheard several carriage tour...More

Thank SpankyH22
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We toured 4 historic homes while in Charleston and this was our favorite. Built in 1825, it was one of the first homes built on the Battery. It has been beautifully restored. It is a classic Charleston home with a large side piazza with lovely...More

Thank GoLeafs85
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This site is amazing, especially considering how little to no damage was done during the civil war (there's another house in the neighborhood that was rebuilt after the war, don't bother with that one, do this one instead). The guide had an amazing extensive knowledge...More

2  Thank Carlie D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour itself was informative and just the right length, the tour guide I believe was trying to be engaging and impart a little humor, but it came across as intimidating and rather drilling at times with the way he worded his questions.

Thank nkgartel
Reviewed 8 October 2017

On a recent visit to Charleston, my family toured several homes in the area. The Edmondston-Alston house was unique in that the house and the furnishings (for the most part) had stayed in the same family since the 1800s. Our guide did a super job...More

Thank Bob A
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

This was a nice surprise. The house is beautiful, and the tour guide was excellent. This doesn't take very long, so stop in to cool off as you walk around the city. You'll be rewarded with great surroundings and interesting information.

1  Thank kakiwynn
Reviewed 7 September 2017

When I was privileged to be a part of the touring aspect, I was very interested in the valuable time and accurate details representing the history of the home. I would love to be a part of it. It the time I was having an...More

Thank Roberta R
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Savannah W
25 September 2016|
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Response from dancingirlb4 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There are a couple of packages to choose from. You can choose just the house tour or a combination ticket which includes the Middleton Plantation. I recommend the combination ticket. I would check the website for... More
Joyce D
29 April 2016|
Response from Don B | Property representative |
The phone number for Edmondston-Alston House is (843) 722-7171. I hope you'll enjoy your visit!
Martha L
7 September 2015|
Response from Don B | Property representative |
All tours at the Edmondston-Alston House are conducted by an expert guide.