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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%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“own pace” (132 reviews)
“slave quarters” (297 reviews)
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48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
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"original state"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I picked this house to visit because I did want to see one that wasn't full of reproductions. You see the peeling wall paper, furniture with the stuffing coming out and the slave quarters with flooring you can see through. But it was wonderful and...More

Thank Margaret P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a well preserved and not renovated look into past. Just walking through the property gives you an idea of life in Charleston's history..

1  Thank Kathy53Usa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This well preserved home provides a glimpse into the past that would otherwise be impossible to experience. Nestled in a residential neighborhood, it is easy to get to on foot from the surrounding historical district.

Thank Christi R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful old home, including old slave quarters, kitchen and outbuilding. What makes it different is that it has been preserved as it was (including damage sustained over the years), but not restored to look like a museum. Tours are self guided. Great afternoon and interesting...More

Thank melharrington74
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Reviewed 19 May 2018

We did really enjoy our tour of the Aiken Rhett House. They focus on the conservation of the present state then trying to restore back to the original glory. This build also still has the original out-buildings which helps to show how the family would...More

1  Thank jsbachop1
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Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

If you take only one house tour in Charleston, make it this one! This house is in its original condition, so you get to see the actual rooms the slaves and owners used, not a room that’s been remodeled or updated. I’ve never seen anything...More

Thank Greengirl87
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

This house is untouched. Nothing has been remodeled. I loved it! Walking through the main home, the slaves quarters, the kitchen they cooked in was surreal. Definitely stop by and check it out. Self guided tour with headphones so easy to go through and take...More

1  Thank Ken-Marilyn
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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

The house has not been changed or updated March which makes it more interesting then if it had been rehabilitated. They do a good job of showing the conditions that’s enslave people worked and lived in.

1  Thank Paula K
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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Interesting old house. Guided tour is 45 minutes. House doesn’t have AC except in the art gallery room, so consider the time of day if you don’t like the heat. Just a few minutes drive to the City Market.

Thank Julie P
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

This home has not been restored, simply preserved in it's current state of various changes throughout the years. Totally fascinating! This was my favorite home tour of them all. Also liked having a headset and recorded tour so you can pause where you like.

Thank BeachLvr646
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Jackie P
14 March 2018|
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Response from LSD11 | Reviewed this property |
Allow an hour to visit each house. Parking is on-street for both houses.
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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.
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Gina H
19 November 2015|
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