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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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Beautiful House on the Battery

The house is beautiful. It is unique in that almost all of the pieces in the house are from the Alston family because their descendants still own the home and reside on the third... read more

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Richlands, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The house is beautiful. It is unique in that almost all of the pieces in the house are from the Alston family because their descendants still own the home and reside on the third floor. The tour is about 30 minutes long. They have a lovely piazza with a fun joggling board you can try out!

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Lombard, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 321 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a cool old building. There are a lot of old buildings in the area. This one you can see period piece furniture and get some great views. It doesn't take very long to look it over.

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a quick addition to our trip to Charleston and we thought we would stop in and take a tour. For only $12 / person, you get a 30 minute tour of 2 floors and a total of 5 rooms, not counting the foyer, and hallway. While it was interesting to hear about the history of the house and... More 

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midland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome historical home on the waterfront. Full of wonderful southern history. Our guide was so knowledgeable and fun. So glad we had this opportunity.

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Dexter, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting and informative 30-minute guided tour of this beautiful house on the Battery. I liked that most of the furniture was original to the house (and/or family), unlike other historical homes in Charleston that have become a collection of other time-period pieces.

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Sumner, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this house tour. Our guide, I think her name was Linda, was amazing! She was enthusiastic, friendly, and was a wealth of knowledge. She explained the history of the house and the family and pointed out all the little details in the way the house was built and what was added once it was purchased by another... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tour of the house was led by a very knowledgeable woman who told the family story and successfully linked that with the house and furnishings for an informative and entertaining tour.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We enjoyed the house tour and the fascinating history of the family who lived there. Be warned, the narrative is told from a very regional perspective, and some (including my family) found the stories about happy slaves rather jarring.

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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Very enjoyable tour. Interesting and beautiful. Highly recommend because it sheds insight on city life as the city evolved.

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Huntersville, United States
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

This home is impressive in that furnishings are original to the home. A surviving family member actually lives on the third floor. The home is immaculacy cared for. Tour was informative.

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