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Edmondston-Alston House

21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
+1 843-722-7171
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Worth a visit

We specifically wanted to tour this house not only because of the historical significance but also... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pottsville, Pennsylvania
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History and a break from the heat

Wanted to your an historical home and saw this one walking back from the battery. We walked in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Victor V
Loveland, Ohio
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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 1 week 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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

Thank ykrainka09
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting this home, one has the ability to step back and time and imagine what life was like in Charleston pre-Civil War. The rooms are beuatifully appointed and there are lovely views of Charleston bay.

Thank Kathie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Here is a chance to feel like you're inside Charleston's history. Enjoy a short tour of the house and learn about the family that shared this house over many generations. The knowledgeable guides will give you a great picture of how this family lived their...More

Thank D5648CGRobert_D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see!!! Beautiful home with so much interesting history. We did this tour several years ago and loved it so much we came back this year and it was even more enjoyable. We had an incredible tour guide, Boyd, who was so...More

Thank sharrissc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just an amazing and beautiful home that showcased the stories of so many fascinating people. The rooms are filled with antiques and silver passed down through so many generations. Knowing a descendent still occupies the house is incredible. Such beautiful china, paintings and chandeliers. Our...More

Thank VickieW1694
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the Combination tour of this home with the Middleton Plantation and thought it was a good value at $49 pp. You have a year to tour both places if you don't want to cram it all into one day. The home has a...More

Thank katdod50
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The home was beautiful...but. We felt as if we didn't see enough or learn enough about the family. It was an average presentation. The rooms are taken care of very well. This is a site that you can miss...or you can go to see. Mixed...More

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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.