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Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
+1 843-723-1159
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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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  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“own pace” (128 reviews)
“slave quarters” (279 reviews)
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48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
+1 843-723-1159
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great tour. Very informative, especially if you are interested in learning more about how life was for the urban slaves of antebellum Charleston. Highly recommend.

Thank FSUMarley
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a super place to visit, as they have preserved the house as they found it. Rather than restore it, the Historical Society decided to leave it be. It is a grandly dilapidated beauty - absolutely worth it, especially when combined with the Nathaniel...More

Thank tombillinge
Reviewed 6 days ago

The tour of this house is provided by recorded narration as you walk through a house the has not been updated since the late 1800s. You get to see how the rich lived in Charleston in the 1800s.

Thank 53rb53
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a vintage old house in the city that still has the slave quarters in tact --- which is very unusual. This is a must-see in Charleston.

Thank RichieW974
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house is worth the time. It is not restored but is a shell of its previous grandeur with most of the house in chronic disrepair. The audio tour does a good job of describing what the house looked like in its antebellum heyday. What...More

Thank SAMDtraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the way the house has been 'preserved' rather than 'restored' - it's beautiful and we found the audio-tour most interesting. There is not much furniture but the rooms are still gorgeous!

Thank gwynnethv
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You are given a lot of history and the house is very interesting. Really feel as though you are going back in time

Thank Cara E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an audio tour of a preserved and not restored estate. There were interesting parts, but I would be more of a fan of a tour guide. Also my husband wears hearing aids and they didn't have any amplified headsets so it was a...More

Thank Emilee M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I liked the fact that this house is preserved and not restored. The audio tour takes about 45 minutes and is very well done. This house is located close to the Visitors Center and the Charleston Museum.

Thank nycgal529
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Appreciated the well-thought-out audio guide, which gave you time to go around the place in your own time. This house is preserved rather than restored, and it is rather nice and peaceful.

Thank eurilla
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Ryan H
29 March 2017|
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Response from Kristen H | Reviewed this property |
There are multiple houses that have joint offers. The Aiken-Rhett House allows you to buy a joint ticket with the Natheniel Russell House. You can the ticket at either house the day of.
Gina H
19 November 2015|
Response from Sarah M | Reviewed this property |
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