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Aiken-Rhett House

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Address: 48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
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+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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This historic residence is worth seeing... beautiful rooms and interior furnishings, many of which are explained by well-trained tour guides. A must-see house, if you're into... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This historic residence is worth seeing... beautiful rooms and interior furnishings, many of which are explained by well-trained tour guides. A must-see house, if you're into historic architecture.

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This home is a preserved home not restored, be aware of that when visiting. You are given a headset and your tour is self guided on a recording that takes you through areas of the home, slave areas, stables and grounds. It is very interesting. You can stop the recording if you wish to look longer in a particular area.... More 

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Miami, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As others have noted, this is an audio tour of a preserved, not restored, home. In my view, it makes it even more interesting. The audio is well done and covers a lot of ground, from how everyone lived to the particular furnishings to portraits.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is audio guided tour in a huge old home that has been preserved not restored. It's not Biltmore House. Don't let that stop you. It has the old stables, slave quarters, ball room and much more. Many staircases. Not quite sure how many. The entrance is grand. It's a marble staircase and beautiful. I really enjoyed this tour and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Unlike some other houses in the area, this one is full of original furnishings, etc. A number of the others houses while "prettier" since they had been rehabbed had very little original to show

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

A grand home, that was once stupendous. It is hard to understand the conservation v preservation argument. But this is a fascinating story.

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Avon, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

As with Drayton Hall (another must see) this home is preserved as opposed as to restored. The philosophy is very different and should be seen to be appreciated. You will not see perfectly restored rooms and furniture nor will you encounter air conditioning. You will get a self guided MP-3 tour (although guides are readily available to answer any questions)... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So many stunning historic homes in Charleston this did not disappoint. Fascinating history and a peep into times gone by. Well worth a visit.

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Toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Much of this house/out buildings have been left as is. We were given self guided headphone tours to walk around this large area. The slave quarters, stable, carriage house, privies were explained in detail and then we entered the house. We toured the house with very little furniture or luxuries for it's time. A few hints though, were the chandeliers... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the first house to see on the Architectural Tour Package if you are touring without a guide. Built 1820, the focus has been on preservation rather than restoration. You will see the bare bones of the house, not beautifully furnished rooms. I found the courtyard called the "City Plantation" the most interesting. It was the carriage entrance for... More 

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