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Edmondston-Alston House

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Neighbourhood: Charlestowne
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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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Wonderful tour

This was the second time we have toured this house, and we enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Beautiful house, interesting history, lovely furnishings. Our docent was a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Anderson, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was the second time we have toured this house, and we enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Beautiful house, interesting history, lovely furnishings. Our docent was a gentleman who was easy to understand and took his time. One of our favorite things about this house is: They have a family flow chart. So often we attend... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This Federal styled home built in 1825, is a fully -furnished mansion along the seawall, from which General Beauregard watched the bombardment of Ft. Sumter. Charles Edmunston the original owned, sold the home in 1837 to Charles Alston, the owner of a rice plantation. Interesting are the drawings and etchings contained within, done by Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, a member... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This home has been owned by only two families, so the furnishings are almost all original. It had been built to withstand hurricanes and bombardment from British canon. There is a wonderful library with some 2000 leather bound books. The gardens are lovely as well. No photography is allowed inside the house. It is well worth touring.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very important to see if one has also visited Middleton Plantation. Beautiful house, striking furnishings.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want a quick history lesson on the Charleston plantation families, visit Edmondston-Alston House. It is the town home of the family that had the Middleton Place Plantation. Very informative and very well done in a 30 minute tour. Knowledgable tour guides, fun information.

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neptune beach, fl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful and well preserved home rich with history. The guides are very well informed and share wonderful stories about the families who owned this home and how they lived.

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Reston, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

We only had time to tour one of the Charleston Historic Mansions. We enjoyed learning about the history and addition of the third floor of the Edmonston-Alston Home. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. I would recommend this tour for history and architectural buffs.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

We purchased the combination ticket at Middleton Place which included this house. We are glad we did. Beautiful house and furniture with a rich history and a great view of the waterfront.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

What made this so unique was being able to see inside a Southern home: the architecture, furniture, views from the massive windows. You can almost think of yourself 100 years ago and what it must have been like living in a home like this. Really enjoyed this tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

We took a carriage tour of Historic Charleston and this was one of many houses and attractions we saw along the narrated tour, all the views without the walking, highly recommended.

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