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Edmondston-Alston House

21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
+1 843-722-7171
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Great location and lovingly presented

This house on the Battery is worth a visit if you are in the area. We showed up, and within minutes... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Meghan K
Well preserved Historic House facing the water near The Battery

Good informative tour guide led us thru the house. It was full of pictures of the family and is... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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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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21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This house on the Battery is worth a visit if you are in the area. We showed up, and within minutes were on a guided tour through the house. The first and second floor are available for touring, and it is intriguing to learn about...More

Thank Meghan K
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Good informative tour guide led us thru the house. It was full of pictures of the family and is linked to the family in Middleton Place. We bought a combination ticket and used it in the same week. Street parking is hard to find and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was within walking distance of a couple other mansions we wanted to tour while visiting Charleston, SC. This one has a guided tour. No military or senior discount but there is student discount. There is also a discount if you want to add...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This home is typical of the old Charleston architecture and given its location on the harbor was a good choice to visit. Unfortunately our guide was mediocre at best (maybe because of her age)> she intended well just did not deliver often being repetitive. Do...More

Thank Harold B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is another historic home tour that is worth seeing. Right along the Battery, it has a spectacular view of the bay along the veranda.

Thank Karen W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

$12.00 per person for a 1/2 hour tour which was quite underwhelming. There are other house tours in Charleston that are much more spectacular, in my opinion.

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Reviewed 18 May 2018

Enjoyed this tour. Tour guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable. House is currently lived in by owner. Not all rooms open. Restoration work is remarkable and historic items in home are beautiful. Takes less than an hour.

Thank SL21872
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

We visited this house on an afternoon and received an excellent tour. We enjoyed the views from the second story piazza and and the slight breeze was refreshing.

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

if not for the guided tour i wouldn't have found any of the homes terribly interesting because i wouldn't have know what i was looking at. Janet did a wonderful job teaching us about the house and infusing some humor into the tour!

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Reviewed 10 May 2018

My boyfriend and I chose to tour only one house while in Charleston, and I feel like we made a good choice. The tour guide provided plenty of good historical information and the house is beautiful.

Thank saragwyn
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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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