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Edmondston-Alston House

21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
+1 843-722-7171
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Personal tour of an authentic home

We had a fascinating tour with Boyd and we were the only visitors at the time so got to really... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Telford, Pennsylvania
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Good tour

We had a good tour of this home. The view from the balcony is lovely but it is very short and on,y... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a fascinating tour with Boyd and we were the only visitors at the time so got to really engage in the history. Boyd is very knowledgeable and enjoys sharing the family history of this well maintained home. Furniture, paintings and personal belongings were...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a good tour of this home. The view from the balcony is lovely but it is very short and on,y takes you through a couple of rooms. Tour guide was nice and entertaining but some of the other houses in town provide more...More

Thank NarelleBee
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group of 9 enjoyed our tour. We purchased tickets as part of our Palmetto Carriage Works tickets, and so we got a discount. After our carriage ride, we walked to the Edmonston-Alston house - took us about 20-30 minutes at a leisurely pace, I...More

Thank 907blaked
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful house with lots of history of the family, their perspective and how they lived. Most artifacts in the house are original. Very knowledgeable tour guides and friendly staff.

1  Thank highrustler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured the Edmonston-Alston House during our December 2017 trip to Charleston. Our tour guide was informed and the history was very interesting. The period antiques that have belonged to the family since the 1800's are beautiful. The only reason I didn't rate this attraction...More

1  Thank Kristi J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really lucked out with a tour guide who loves the home and knows so much about the history of the home and family and Charleston - I was the only tourist for the first tour of the day, so I got to ask lots and...More

1  Thank MA9065
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed visiting this beautiful home. The tour guide was very good and I did not feel rushed. The home contains the furnishings from the previous owners of the home which is quite unusual. The home has a view of the water and it was...More

1  Thank AprilFool27
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were very fortunate to have a tour guide all to ourselves. Nancy, our tour guide, was friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the house and the families that occupied it. Particularly unusual is the fact that most of the house's furnishings are original to the...More

1  Thank Mutti53
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an excellent representation of how the monied of Charleston lived. While not huge like the many plantation homes in the area, this is a way for you to see how successful people lived. The home is really lovely. Take a few minutes to...More

1  Thank barbaragwen270
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nicely restored home with most of the original furnishings. Sits right across from the bay along Rainbow Row. Good guided toured with much historical information.

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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.