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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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  • 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 22 February 2016

A wonderful representation of unrestored splendor of a different time in our history, amazing to see the contrast of the wealth against the peeling wall coverings and sweeping staircases,piazzas and chandeliers. Then to step into the slave quarters and stable yard to see the conditions...More

1  Thank Kate F
Reviewed 21 February 2016

Being a history buff, I have toured many restored homes, but this home is very different. The guide at the Manigualt House suggested a tour of this home because it is a home that is not restored. It also has slave quarters that you can...More

1  Thank DixieSherri
Reviewed 21 February 2016

I like the way this house is preserved. It gives you a more real life feel to the past. It almost has an eerie sense to it all as we saw it the end of the day and the lighting became very ghostly at times....More

Thank Ian P
Reviewed 19 February 2016

Great historical home still in most of original condition. Always has a docent there to answer questions.

1  Thank Reba M
Reviewed 19 February 2016

Love the self guided audio tour- you can really explore at your own pace. This home is so fascinating and seeing our first slave quarters just gave me chills, along with such sadness. The contrast between those who had so much vs those with so...More

1  Thank shari a
Reviewed 17 February 2016

We loved this home tour, very authentic and not staged. Take the time and see this one for sure, even locals recommend this tour!

1  Thank John N
Reviewed 16 February 2016

The house and grounds are fascinating; you can really imagine what it would have been like to live there, with the gorgeous, spacious, light-filled rooms leading out to the large side porch (which I could have lived on). Then to go outside in the back...More

Thank kikis
Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

This home is being preserved-not restored. It's still really cool and has a part of the tour that takes you out to the slave quarters and the kitchen-laundry house. You really get more of a feel of the way their lives may have been. We...More

Thank badlandsbaby
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Don't go to the Aiken-Rhett House expecting it to be restored to its original glory, this house looks like it did when the family moved out not too long ago.The tour really takes you back in time as you wander through the rooms that are...More

Thank Meredith_Bower
Reviewed 5 February 2016

The Aiken-Rhett house was a sort of "urban plantation" in the antebellum era. You can wander through the entire grounds via an audio tour that is very well done. The place has a feel of southern decay and these were the first slave quarters I...More

Thank Mardie R
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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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