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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%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“slave quarters” (275 reviews)
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48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
+1 843-723-1159
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Aiken-Rhett House is preserved as is and only original artifacts are used. There is an audio tour included with admission and one can learn a lot about the history of buildings and their various occupants. The museum is a short walk from the Charleston...More

1  Thank M0ther_of_5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had some free time & wanted to see actual slave quarters. It was a short walk from our hotel so I ventured in. I liked it was a self guided walking tour but this home is not air conditioned & boy was it hot!, I...More

Thank Barbara W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This city plantation is a blast from the past of several eras. The rooms are being retained, not restored so there is a nice amount of southern charm and decay that fascinates.

Thank DLouPa
Reviewed 11 September 2017

the house and surrounding stuff was really neat,BUT!!! the recording devices that you are giving for the tour are so touchy, just a bump and they will take you back to start or to another floor or room. There should be a real person to...More

Thank Gloria J
Reviewed 8 September 2017

A very interesting and fascinating historic mansion. We were very surprised that it was unrestored and strangely some items are decaying right in front of your eyes. We did not tour other mansion in the city so not sure if this is the best to...More

Thank NXW
Reviewed 8 September 2017

This home shows you what can happen if you leave a place to it's own devices. The outside and the porches was the most impressive part of the home. I actually found the condition of the house very sad. The slave quarters are in better...More

Thank stonemea
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

This beautifully preserved mansion and it's outbuildings is a real gem. Owned by a former governor of South Carolina, the family certainly lived a high life, slaves and all

Thank Joel K
Reviewed 7 September 2017

An excellent place to see the elegant lifestyle of the wealthy antebellum Southern aristocrats in unrestored tatters.

Thank FWhiteIII
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This was my favorite of all the houses/historic sites toured during my visit to Charleston. The house and outbuildings are much as they were during the 1800's. I was lucky to be there on a rainy day with very few other people tourists. i was...More

1  Thank GettysburgSAD
Reviewed 1 September 2017

I love old homes. Homes of all historical value. I am glad I visited the Aiken-Rhett home, but I was a little disappointed. The outside of the house is certainly impressive. Very large with wonderful "porches". Once inside, the "flavor" down rather dramatically. Having been...More

1  Thank Patricia S
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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.
Gina H
19 November 2015|
Response from Sarah M | Reviewed this property |
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