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Edmondston-Alston House

21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
+1 843-722-7171
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We did only one house tour. This is a magnificent house from the outside right on the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
wasntme58
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Toronto, Canada
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My husband and myself came across this house while walking around the Battery. We were excited to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Spinerz4
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Indian Trail, North Carolina
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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We did only one house tour. This is a magnificent house from the outside right on the waterfront. We found there were too many museum houses so pick wisely. The rest are great viewing from the outside. That's where this one falls. Worth seeing.....from the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My husband and myself came across this house while walking around the Battery. We were excited to be able to see the inside this beautiful home. We walked inside and was showed were we could purchase our tickets for the tour. Tickets were $12 per...More

Thank Spinerz4
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The house tour is 30 minutes long and it is interesting however I am not sure it warrants the $12 entry charge. The furniture and atifacts are original to the house making the experience authentic and after seeing so many beautiful homes from the outside,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Can't beat the view of Fort Sumter from the porch. House is the perfect Charleston side porch entry in Charleston. Walk the battery before or after for a nice view of all the other houses on the street. House played a big part in the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice old house. If you ever wondered what the inside of one of those fancy houses by the water looks like, this is your chance to find out. Guide was knowledgeable, and tour was a decent length. I just wasn't wowed, though. Ticketing was a...More

Thank Mjsnow
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured this property on a rainy day (good way to spend rainy day) and enjoyed our tour guide and the history provided. Worth the stop and it's directly across from the ocean breakwall.

Thank Rose M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house tour is reasonably priced (under $20) and is included with a ticket package from Middleton Plantation. The tour ends on the 3rd floor piazza where on April 12, 1861 General Beauregard watched the bombing of Fort Sumter at the start of the Civil...More

Thank Pam J
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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Do this one. Staff is very knowledgeable about the home and the family. This home has only been sold once, 12 years after it was built, and is still owned by that second family. The owner lives on the third floor. Most of the furnishing...More

Thank ANN C
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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

So we are walking through the beautiful area and we see a sign that saids opened. My husband and I decide to go in. Once we get inside we are greeted by a blonde lady who tells us welcome come in if you are interested...More

2  Thank Felicia Q
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

This home was built in the 1820s and sold in the 1830s to the Alston family whose descendant still lives on the third floor (which is NOT part of the tour). The tour guides are knowledgeable and most of the furnishings in the house come...More

1  Thank Paul D
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LAcameron29
18 March 2018|
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Response from Dreyfus01 | Reviewed this property |
It is not nessary to purchase a ticket in advance. Enter the home and you will be greeted in the office to the right of enterance hall by those providing tickets and information on the tours times.
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MAWMOM
28 February 2018|
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Response from Don B | Property representative |
The tour of the Edmondston-Alston House takes approximately 30-40 minutes.There may be a short wait upon your arrival for the next tour to start.
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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
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