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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
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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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Interesting old home w/ few improvements

This faded gem was interesting because not much had been changed since the Civil War era. You can see slave quarters, stables, privies as well as a house in rather remarkably... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 March 2015
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SEATTLE
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2015

This faded gem was interesting because not much had been changed since the Civil War era. You can see slave quarters, stables, privies as well as a house in rather remarkably poor condition. It has not been "fixed up" just preserved. It is interesting from a historical as well as architectural perspective.

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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 

Denver, Colorado
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63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2015

I loved this very old house, it has been through more than I thought possible. It was a real treat to be able to see the interior that has actually been preserved, not restored and to me that was more special and less common. But why is it less common? I am not sure. For example, wall paper is peeling.... 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 

Natick
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

If you want an updated, shinny impersonation of a historic home you will be disappointed. This is an authentic, preserved jewel that brings you back in time. It is a self guided 45 minute audio tour with docents available to answer your questions. You will tour the main house, warming kitchen, kitchen, slave quarters, stalls and carriage house. I wouldn't... 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. If we do have a day where it is too hot or too cold to tour we close the 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... More 

Okc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

Worth stopping. We went on a tour of the city and this was one place that the tour guide said to come back to, which we did and we were glad we did. We wish we would have had more time in Charleston, but we only had a few hours, but were glad we made a point to see this... 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. 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 house museums. More 

Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

This home is all original, not restored, but original, and that's what makes it so great. Walls are a worn and tattered, gaps between woodwork, floors are not refinished, and it looks like an old dilapidated house that is falling apart. This gives you a view of what state these historic homes were in before being restored. You can go... 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 

Baton Rouge, LA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2015

The house is a just block from the Charleston Museum at one end of Wragg Mall park. I've already recommended the museum and I highly recommend spending an hour at the Aiken-Rhett House while you're in the area. The audio tour begins on the ground floor which was a storage and work area and proceeds to the outbuildings including the... 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 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2015

totally authentic - self guided audio tour (45 mins) informative and well done. Gives you a real flavor for life then.

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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.Yes, the tour really takes you back in time! 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 house museums. More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2015

I believe the house to be unique in the Charleston area. If not, probably only one of few that are being preserved - key word preserved, not renovated or updated. It has a remarkable history. It is well worth the time and effort if you are interested in history of the area and of the period. Docents are well versed... More 

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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 

uk
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2015

Having looked at the brochure we had great expectations,however the brochure appears to have been produced before the hurricane of 1989. The interiors are in very bad state of repair and not as we had hoped.

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

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 all member of the Aiken household, both free and enslaved. The Aikens enjoyed... More 

san francisco, ca.
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47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2015

Well worth the visit, original home intact. Full stable, carriage house. Slave quarters and cooking area. Set in a nice neighborhood, block from visitor center.

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

Maria, 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 house museums. More 

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