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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
14:00 - 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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Audio Tour of a Historic Gem

From the Piazzas to the grand rooms used for entertaining at this property you feel as though you step back through time. The out buildings are well preserved and some of the art... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

From the Piazzas to the grand rooms used for entertaining at this property you feel as though you step back through time. The out buildings are well preserved and some of the art and architectural details are real treasures.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I learned there is a big difference between restored or preserved. This is beautifully preserved with a haunting back in time. If you are expecting a Disney reproduction of an Antebellum home, this is not the place for you. It is a view back to what is must have been like. I loved it.

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This historic residence is worth seeing... beautiful rooms and interior furnishings, many of which are explained by well-trained tour guides. A must-see house, if you're into historic architecture.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This home is a preserved home not restored, be aware of that when visiting. You are given a headset and your tour is self guided on a recording that takes you through areas of the home, slave areas, stables and grounds. It is very interesting. You can stop the recording if you wish to look longer in a particular area.... More 

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Miami, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As others have noted, this is an audio tour of a preserved, not restored, home. In my view, it makes it even more interesting. The audio is well done and covers a lot of ground, from how everyone lived to the particular furnishings to portraits.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is audio guided tour in a huge old home that has been preserved not restored. It's not Biltmore House. Don't let that stop you. It has the old stables, slave quarters, ball room and much more. Many staircases. Not quite sure how many. The entrance is grand. It's a marble staircase and beautiful. I really enjoyed this tour and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unlike some other houses in the area, this one is full of original furnishings, etc. A number of the others houses while "prettier" since they had been rehabbed had very little original to show

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A grand home, that was once stupendous. It is hard to understand the conservation v preservation argument. But this is a fascinating story.

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Avon, Connecticut
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As with Drayton Hall (another must see) this home is preserved as opposed as to restored. The philosophy is very different and should be seen to be appreciated. You will not see perfectly restored rooms and furniture nor will you encounter air conditioning. You will get a self guided MP-3 tour (although guides are readily available to answer any questions)... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So many stunning historic homes in Charleston this did not disappoint. Fascinating history and a peep into times gone by. Well worth a visit.

Thank Dorothy H

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