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Aiken-Rhett House

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Address: 48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
Phone Number: +1 843-723-1159
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The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique in...

The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique in many ways. For example, it remained in the hands of family descendents for 142 years until it was sold to The Charleston Museum and opened as a museum house in 1975. Historic Charleston Foundation purchased the house in 1995 and adopted a conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings.

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It was so cool to see a period house in a virtually untouched state. With the amount of disrepair it's interesting to see how it was built and furnished.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was so cool to see a period house in a virtually untouched state. With the amount of disrepair it's interesting to see how it was built and furnished.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my pet peeves about historic homes is hearing "This is how it might have been." In a preserved house like Aiken Rhett, I think it presents a truer picture. Except for the cranky docent, it was an excellent visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They supply a headphone set for a self guided tour which was very informative. Hurricane Hugo back in 1989 did severe damage to the house (blew part of the roof off) and the house roof was repaired but the rest of the house has been left in disrepair. I do recommend you taking the tour as it gives you a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house was not restored and highlighted the turn of the economy after the Civil War. The house was occupied by descendants of the original families until the 1970's, without electricity or modern comforts. It was a great contrast to the restored homes we visited.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This home is preserved but not restored. That is important to know but makes the trip very educational. They have a 45 minute recorded tour that leads you through the house and quarters. You can really imagine how the family lived. The three of us really enjoyed the tour. The staff were incredibly friendly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visited Charleston for our honeymoon, and decided to check this place out one evening. Well worth it. The house is not in the best state of preservation, but everything in the house, including the wall coverings, are original. Hopefully they can restore it to its former glory. The house is wonderful to tour if you like... More 

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Newport, Vermont
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First I want to say that I appreciate the efforts made by the Historic Charleston Foundation. Their mission to preserve historic landmarks in Charleston is commendable, and many people have obviously invested a lot of time and money toward achieving that goal. Having said that, I was disappointed in the tour we recently took of the Aiken-Rhett House. After reading... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My visit to the Aiken-Rhett house was the one that gave me the best idea of how the well off and the slaves lived. You can visit the house including the basement storage area, the detached kitchen, slave quarters and carriage house as well as the yard and garden. I would have preferred a docent lead tour, but with an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This home is preserved and not renovated. The tour is given through head phones which allows you to go at your own pace and really absorb the information. This family was at the center of Charleston society and history - this home holds many memories.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I toured this house. We went to this house first thing in the morning because there is NO air conditioning. Fans were blowing throughout the house, so it wasn't too uncomfortable. You are required to put your personal items in a locker before you take the tour. It was an audio tour with headphones, rather than having... More 

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