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Edmondston-Alston House

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Address: 21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
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Of Charleston's many fine house museums, only the Edmondston-Alston House...

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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Home by the bay

The house tour is very extensive covering two floors and also the piazza (veranda) where one can see all the way to Fort Sumpter.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The house tour is very extensive covering two floors and also the piazza (veranda) where one can see all the way to Fort Sumpter.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A knowledgeable and professional tour guide led a small group and shared lots of family history about the former occupants and their descendants (some of who still reside upstairs) Nice to see some unique architectural details as well as furniture pieces.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great view of the Cooper River. Tour is short. House is lived in, so rooms you see are limited to a few. We learned some interesting facts. The walk leading up to the house was worth it, just look and be amazed. Skip the $12 tour and save yourself the time, unless you haven't seen this type of tour before.... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the tour mid day. It was 30 + minutes. Nice way to get some history & get out of the sun. The tour guide was full of interesting fact about the house & the family, then & now. If you like history you will enjoy. We really enjoyed the tour.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My sister and I were able to enjoy a whirlwind visit to Charleston for a family wedding. We took a pedicab ride on Thursday evening and the driver told us about the house tours. We visited this home after visiting Battery Park and found it completely fascinating.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful home overlooking the bay, with interesting family history. Artwork by one of the family. Original printing of the secession proclamation. Worth a visit.

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Rockwall, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved that this tour included the first and second floor piazzas. The view is amazing. The inside has some unique artifacts as well.

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Naperville, IL
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An historic home filled with family possessions (not replicas) from the time period. Docent led guided tour that lasts 30 minutes is informative. No pictures allowed inside. A descendent of the original Alston that owned the home lives on the 3rd floor. If you go to Middleton Place buy a combo tix to visit this home.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My personal favorite of the historical house tours. The house and grounds were gorgeous. The tour not only spoke to the decor and architecture, it talked of the lifestyle which highlighted varies items and furniture. The guide was professional and genteel in his presentation. This home was part of the Charleston Heritage Two-Day Passport which was purchased at the Visitor's... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our tour guide admitted to being a retired history teacher and it showed. He was wonderful. We learned a lot about Charleston history and its early economy as well as the family the owned this beautiful house - still owns it. No photos inside but they have a framed copy of the South Carolina's secession legislation and the Alston patriarch's... More 

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