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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” (274 reviews)
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48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
+1 843-723-1159
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Reviewed 25 January 2016

This is the sister house to the Nathaniel Russell House but offers a more detailed tour into the home life of historic Charleston residents. This house is preserved and not resorted, so it can be a bit creepy if it is not sunny outside, the...More

Thank Meredith M
Reviewed 21 January 2016

This mansion has a beautifully restored exterior but is completely unique in leaving the interior unrestored to a particular time in it's grand history. It's self guided with earphones describing all the important details. There are still guides that you can ask questions too as...More

Thank Bob C
Reviewed 18 January 2016

We had a fabulous visit to the Aiken-Rhett House. You go through the house at your own pace with your own headset leading the way through the home and adjacent slave quarters. As they have kept it preserved in time, it was somewhat eerie to...More

2  Thank metrochica
Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

We saw 6 historic houses and this was my favorite. I loved that you could walk thru the kitchen and stables and see what everyday life would have been. It was a great audio tour that allowed you to linger or fast forward based on...More

2  Thank Elizabeth O
Reviewed 15 January 2016

This was SO good! We had no idea what to expect when we started on this tour, and we were amazed by what we saw. We loved it that the building was preserved, rather than restored. Somehow, that made the whole experience much more vivid...More

1  Thank YallournGirl
Reviewed 11 January 2016

Beautiful old house...it could be so interesting! looks like abendont house inside. Audio-guided tour is good, but requires a lot of imagination to see what the house was about

1  Thank tatiananewhaven
Reviewed 5 January 2016

We went to two home tours while in Charleston. Aiken-Rhett and Nathaniel Russell. The Aiken-Rhett house has not been restored so was amazing to see. Because it is only preserved, it was more authentic then other tours we were on. The tour was on an...More

1  Thank eatweltraveloften
Reviewed 4 January 2016

enjoyable tour by enthusiastic guide. we did this after we had been to the museum which is across the road

Thank holidayshoes
Reviewed 30 December 2015

This tour is an excellent example of 2 conflicts: the lifestyles of the rich and famous vs the slaves, and a contemporary battle between those who preserve our history vs those who restore it to its former glory. The house exemplifies the apex of antebellum...More

3  Thank BillyDKidd
Reviewed 18 December 2015

This is an excellent home to see how the household operated back in the 1800's complete with stables for the horses, living quarters for the slaves, along with the inside of the home which has been left to the degree possible in original condition. No...More

Thank Billyb23
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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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