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Edmondston-Alston House

21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
+1 843-722-7171
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A fine example of an old Charleston house on the Battery

This home was built in the 1820s and sold in the 1830s to the Alston family whose descendant still... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2018
Paul D
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Kathleen, Georgia
Step into history

The Edmonston Alston house was an amazing way to step right into the history of Charleston. The... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2018
hazeleyes7896
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Livonia, Michigan
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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

This home was built in the 1820s and sold in the 1830s to the Alston family whose descendant still lives on the third floor (which is NOT part of the tour). The tour guides are knowledgeable and most of the furnishings in the house come...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

The Edmonston Alston house was an amazing way to step right into the history of Charleston. The home has been beautifully preserved and the furnishings are incredible. The only reason I am not giving it a five star review was our tour guide. Not only...More

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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

Beautiful house, but guide was extremely rude. Did not appreciate having to immediately surrender bag with book recently purchased upon entry to house. Very insulting. Staff more concerned with telling you what not to do and about telling you how other visitors have stolen items...More

3  Thank Chuck D
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

The home is located just a short walk from Battery Park and the just beyond the seawall overlooking Charleston Harbor and bay with Ft.Sumter easily seen. The home is wonderfully original with furniture and items across generations of owners. This offers an interesting review of...More

4  Thank Dreyfus01
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

This tour was fascinating as the home is still in the original family's lineage. So much history and a fabulous view of the water. Seeing a glimpse of life in the Golden Age was quite enjoyable.

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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Beautiful home from the Early 1800s with furniture from the period and very knowledgeable tour guide. Not best for small children but the tour only lasts about 30 min.

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Reviewed 13 January 2018 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

1  Thank P M
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Reviewed 12 January 2018 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

1  Thank NarelleBee
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

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

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

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.

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LAcameron29
17 March 2018|
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Response from Dreyfus01 | Reviewed this property |
It is not nessary to purchase a ticket in advance. Enter the home and you will be greeted in the office to the right of enterance hall by those providing tickets and information on the tours times.
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MAWMOM
27 February 2018|
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Response from Don B | Property representative |
The tour of the Edmondston-Alston House takes approximately 30-40 minutes.There may be a short wait upon your arrival for the next tour to start.
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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
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