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Edmondston-Alston House

21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
+1 843-722-7171
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Amazing Gem!

What an incredible little piece of history in the middle of the Battery in Charleston. This house... read more

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Weston, Florida
Beautiful Home on Historic Battery

Take a guided tour of this historic home, listen to the history of the "Lowcountry". Enjoy the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Charleston, SC
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Of Charleston's many fine house museums, only the Edmondston-Alston House (constructed in 1825 and enhanced in 1838) commands a magnificent view of Charleston Harbor. From its piazza, General P. T. Beauregard watched the fierce bombardment of Ft. Sumter on April 12, 1861, signaling the start of the Civil War. And on December 11 of the same year, the house gave refuge to General Robert E. Lee the night a wide-spreading fire threatened his safety in a Charleston hotel. Much like the Middleton Place House Museum, the collection at the Edmondston-Alston House Museum consists of pieces that belonged to the family, reflecting not only family history but American history. Despite the ravages of the Civil War, the Earthquake of 1886 and numerous hurricanes, the Alston family pieces remain in place much as they have for over 150 years. Notable in the collection is an original print of the Ordinance of Secession, portraits, dining room table, gas lights, mirror and exquisite interior woodwork.
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21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
+1 843-722-7171
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Reviewed yesterday

What an incredible little piece of history in the middle of the Battery in Charleston. This house has some unbelievable original documents, pieces of art, original light fixtures, books, and other items, including furniture -- it looks like the family who lived in it left...More

1  Thank efsilverman
Reviewed 4 days ago

Take a guided tour of this historic home, listen to the history of the "Lowcountry". Enjoy the views that our ancestors saw centuries ago.

Thank Carolina200101
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went with my wife and had a great time. Learned a lot and the house is beautiful. Would recommend it as a place to see in town

Thank John R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I didn't plan on touring this house, but happened to walk by and thought what the heck? The next tour was starting in 10 minutes, so it was good timing. Very interesting and a look back at old Charleston. This house has an interesting history...More

Thank Teri K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The guide was full of energy, smiles, and facts. She was a doll. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. My best room was the music room.

1  Thank Surprised92
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fabulous house and interesting to visit. As far as these types of houses are concerned the visit was typical of such a house. Still worth a visit, and the opulence is impressive. Very knowledgeable guide was helpful.

Thank Richard T
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We specifically wanted to tour this house not only because of the historical significance but also an interesting place to stay! Yes,sections of the historic home have been converted to a bed and breakfast . This includes a carriage house in the back of the...More

Thank lindaach
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Wanted to your an historical home and saw this one walking back from the battery. We walked in just in time to catch the 30 minute tour. Juanita was excellent. Knowledgeable about the property, the occupants, and Charleston history. And a nice sense of humor...More

Thank Victor V
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

I've been to Charleston more times than I can count and this time we decided to tour one of the houses on the edge of the water. It was awesome! It's a huge, gorgeous mansion with original furniture, books, portraits, and chandeliers! The guide does...More

1  Thank ykrainka09
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We got it with a bundled ticket and though a beautiful and historic one with a wonderful docet, it just didn't seem that different than any other historic mansion. Maybe I just got Charlstoned out...

Thank Lomunchi
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Savannah W
24 September 2016|
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Response from dancingirlb4 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There are a couple of packages to choose from. You can choose just the house tour or a combination ticket which includes the Middleton Plantation. I recommend the combination ticket. I would check the website for... More
Joyce D
29 April 2016|
Response from Don B | Property representative |
The phone number for Edmondston-Alston House is (843) 722-7171. I hope you'll enjoy your visit!
Martha L
7 September 2015|
Response from Don B | Property representative |
All tours at the Edmondston-Alston House are conducted by an expert guide.