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Aiken-Rhett House

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Address: 48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
Phone Number: +1 843-723-1159
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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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I love that this house is in preservation rather than restoration! It was a sound guided tour. It is not all done up but it is original without being ruined. I want to go back to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 February 2015
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Jacksonville,FL
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2015 via mobile

I love that this house is in preservation rather than restoration! It was a sound guided tour. It is not all done up but it is original without being ruined. I want to go back to see it after more of the preservation is done!

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Historic C, Manager at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, a recipient of TripAdvisor's 2014 Certificate of Excellence. Also, we’re pleased you enjoyed and appreciated our conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings. Many guests walk away from the house feeling like they have stepped back in time because of how well the... More 

Little Falls, Minnesota
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2015

I always enjoy a good historic house museum tour, and this one is very well done! We learned so much. One of the docents was very engaging and answered all of my questions- and I always have a million! I was disappointed in only two things: the other docent rocked back and forth on his card table chair while reading... More 

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. We will continue to review our customer service policies with our docents to ensure that all guests in the future will feel warmly welcomed and comfortable. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit, and we invite you to come back to see us soon! More 

Northern Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2015

After seeing so many gorgeous Charleston historic homes, it's eye opening to see this "preserved" rather than restored gem of a house. Most of us forget that most restored homes were brought back from death's door with millions of donated dollars and years of work. To view a house whose interior has purposely been left in stable, but mostly dilapidated... More 

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, a recipient of TripAdvisor's 2014 Certificate of Excellence. Also, we’re pleased you enjoyed and appreciated our conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings. Many guests walk away from the house feeling like they have stepped back in time because of how well the... More 

New Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2015

This house is in original but rather sad condition. Just goes to show you what the weather and elements can do to a house. As a history lesson this house is it! I had a rather sad feeling, walking through what must have been someones love and passion, but they are now long gone and the house is a shadow... More 

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. Built in 1820 and greatly expanded by Governor and Mrs. William Aiken Jr. in the 1830’s, the Aiken-Rhett House Museum and its outbuildings survive in a condition that depicts the way they have changed and evolved over time. The property allows visitors to explore the interconnections among... More 

Chesterville, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2015

Loved this tour. I enjoyed seeing the house as it was in the grand old days. Some amazing architectural features. The uniqueness of an urban plantation was interesting, as well as the slave quarters, and learning the different slave conditions in urban and rural settings. The audio tour is informative. Staff was friendly. Visited with our 10 and 11 year... More 

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

Francoise, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and we hope to see you again! Please visit our website to see our latest programming at the museums. More 

Toronto, Canada
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314 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2015

Well preserved old antebellum house, with an excellent audio tour that is part of the entry fee.Must see when you visit charleston! Very helpful and friendly young staff.

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and we hope to see you again! Please visit our website to see our latest programming at the museums. More 

Venice, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2015

Definitely, a must see in Charleston. A frozen piece of history in its glory and shortcomings. Many original pieces to the house, some in poor condition, but let your imagination fly.

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. This is definitely the place to go if you have an expansive imagination! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and we hope to see you again! Please visit our website to see our latest programming at the museums. More 

New York, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2015

An audio, self guided tour of both the slave quarters and main house. Extremely thorough and informative, bringing the period and the lives of master and slave alike to life. This place is preserved, not restored, allowing you to see the real deal as well as imagine what the place was like. Combine this with a tour of the other... More 

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, a recipient of TripAdvisor's 2014 Certificate of Excellence. Also, we’re pleased you enjoyed and appreciated our conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings. Many guests walk away from the house feeling like they have stepped back in time because of how well the... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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278 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2015

So much happened at this location that you need the guide books to help you understand it all. It's a short walk from the visitor's center, but this should be your one stop if you are only going to tour one building/house.

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

Mitch,we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and we hope to see you again! Please visit our website to see our latest programming at the museums. More 

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2015

The Aiken-Rhett house, is definitely the "house" to see if you plan to visit Charleston I am a local, but spent most of January touring all the houses, as the Museum offered a $25.00 pass for 11 locations for the month of January,. After visiting all the houses, I found this house to be the best in depicting the time... More 

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. We're honored that this was one of the best houses that you visited in Charleston! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and we hope to see you again! Please visit our website to see our latest programming at the museums. More 

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