Edmondston-Alston House
Edmondston-Alston House
4.5
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Constructed nearly 200 years ago, circa 1825, the Edmondston-Alston House presents a unique history of the people, both free and enslaved, who lived and labored on this property. Its collection of furniture, silver and decorative arts, largely original to those who owned the house, constitutes a rich, complex history of Charleston in the 19th century. Commanding a magnificent view of Charleston Harbor, the Edmondston-Alston House has witnessed many historic moments in the port city’s history. One of the oldest houses along the High Battery, it withstood the American Civil War, the Earthquake of 1886, and numerous hurricanes; it has survived to share a piece of Charleston history.
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  • StigJim
    Alliance, Ohio551 contributions
    Informative and Well Paced
    Although this tour was not as extensive as some of those we experienced on our visit to Charleston, it was enjoyable and informative. Unlike what I read in some reviews from around 2020, our guide was anything but condescending, and although the focus is on the Alstons and the artifacts relating to them, the roles and importance of the enslaved workers certainly was covered in our tour. I recommend getting the package that combines this tour with a tour at Middleton Place.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 April 2023
  • 2004MaryHal
    Flushing, Michigan25 contributions
    Beautiful look into the past
    Very impressive tour, house furnished within time frame. We had two young children with us and the tour provided a little “seek and find” page that was interesting and entertaining for them. Two levels of the home were part of the tour but no bedrooms. The palazzo view was terrific.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Taylor R
    6 contributions
    Great tour!
    This was an awesome tour! It was nice to escape the heat and learn a little about Charleston history. The tour guide was great and easy to hear and ask questions. We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • sandy M
    Loganville, Georgia11 contributions
    Great Find
    We had a great time with Carol as our guide. She was personable and very knowledgeable about the families who lived and worked here. She was very engaging and we left feeling we had a bit of insight into Charleston’s history and this beautiful home’s inhabitants, their contributions and their daily lives.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 September 2023
  • cdandoy
    Gilbert, Arizona897 contributions
    Great!
    We had a nice visit. Tours happen 15 after the hour and 15 before the hour. It lasted about 40 minutes. Enjoyed seeing the house, learning it's history, etc. It went at a good speed. Also a site for the filming of Outer Banks.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 October 2023
  • ChicagoTraveler08
    Lake Bluff, Illinois108 contributions
    Beautiful home -- Recommended
    Beautiful home with an amazing location. Tour was well done; you get the opportunity to see first and second floor. (Interesting: family of one of the 19th C owners lives on 3rd floor.) Beautifully furnished. Situated on the Battery. Down the street from Rainbow Row houses.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 October 2023
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Joseph M
Sarasota, FL132 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Not the grandest historic home, but the docent leading the tour was outstanding in relating the history of the owners of this harbor view property, the Civil War and afterwards. Stairs are not too difficult either. We enjoyed it.
Written 9 December 2023
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ChicagoTraveler08
Lake Bluff, IL108 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Beautiful home with an amazing location. Tour was well done; you get the opportunity to see first and second floor. (Interesting: family of one of the 19th C owners lives on 3rd floor.) Beautifully furnished. Situated on the Battery. Down the street from Rainbow Row houses.
Written 23 October 2023
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Nav1go
Virginia1,107 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
It’s the home of a family ultimately connected to the Middleton plantation and interesting to see townhome living at the start of the civil war. It was interesting to stand where Beauregard stood at the start of the Civil War.
Written 18 October 2023
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cdandoy
Gilbert, AZ897 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
We had a nice visit. Tours happen 15 after the hour and 15 before the hour. It lasted about 40 minutes. Enjoyed seeing the house, learning it's history, etc. It went at a good speed. Also a site for the filming of Outer Banks.
Written 6 October 2023
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DrewP
24 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Amazing historic museum home in the battery area of Charleston. Volunteer tour guides are very knowledgeable. Furnishings are family heirlooms and period correct.
Written 19 September 2023
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sandy M
Loganville, GA11 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
We had a great time with Carol as our guide. She was personable and very knowledgeable about the families who lived and worked here. She was very engaging and we left feeling we had a bit of insight into Charleston’s history and this beautiful home’s inhabitants, their contributions and their daily lives.
Written 16 September 2023
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Taylor R
6 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
This was an awesome tour! It was nice to escape the heat and learn a little about Charleston history. The tour guide was great and easy to hear and ask questions. We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting!
Written 9 August 2023
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Theresa W
Efland, NC196 contributions
Jun 2023
So much history- the tour and house are fabulous. I can't wait to spend some time in the Bed and Breakfast behind the main house.
Written 1 July 2023
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2004MaryHal
Flushing, MI25 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Very impressive tour, house furnished within time frame. We had two young children with us and the tour provided a little “seek and find” page that was interesting and entertaining for them. Two levels of the home were part of the tour but no bedrooms. The palazzo view was terrific.
Written 16 June 2023
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Marie A
18 contributions
Jun 2023
We really enjoyed touring this home and our gentleman tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable. Well worth it!
Written 2 June 2023
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