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Edmondston-Alston House

21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
+1 843-722-7171
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Best of the Museum Houses

This was one of the last museum houses that we visited and it was by far the best. Beautiful... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2015
Indio, United States
Interesting historical home tour

First: we are the type of travelers who enjoy historic type tours. We enjoyed the tour of the home... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2015
Amy R
Kennesaw, Georgia
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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
+1 843-722-7171
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Reviewed 27 October 2015

This was one of the last museum houses that we visited and it was by far the best. Beautiful mansion with authentic family heirlooms. Most other homes have some period furniture and furnishings but this one has things actually belonging to the family. We were...More

2  Thank golfgoddess4
Reviewed 24 October 2015 via mobile

First: we are the type of travelers who enjoy historic type tours. We enjoyed the tour of the home and seeing the various historical artifacts on display. My mom, sister in law, and I enjoyed a "renovated home tour," compared to the Aiken-Rhett home, which...More

1  Thank Amy R
Reviewed 24 October 2015

The tour was very interesting learning about the history of the Edmondston-Alston family and the preservation of the home's furnishings and accessories is wonderful.

2  Thank Moe33324
Reviewed 23 October 2015

We made an impromptu stop here while walking along the battery and really enjoyed the 30 minute tour. The guide was quite knowledgeable. Many of the furnishings are original. We especially enjoyed the water views from the second floor piazza.

2  Thank skteach
Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

If you have limited time in Charleston to see sites, this is a great option for you! This historic home is an excellent example of a pre-civil war era home including original furnishings. The home is owned by the same family that's owned it for...More

2  Thank Kingjaners
Reviewed 18 October 2015

The tour was very informative on the working of a house during that time frame and the family that lived there. The view from the second piazza was stunning.

2  Thank Florence J
Reviewed 17 October 2015

My daughter and I made an impromptu visit to this house while walking around the Battery in Charleston. We didn't know anything about this house before we walked through the front door. It was rather pricey at $12 a person and we didn't get to...More

2  Thank RoseTroy3
Reviewed 10 October 2015 via mobile

This is a very boring tour. It is a very limited tour of only five rooms mainly talking about the family. I was expecting a history of the furnishings, the house and the city. I do not recommend this house tour.

1  Thank Brady S
Reviewed 9 October 2015

Great house, good tour -- but there is a need for more of a focus on the evils of slavery at all of Charleston's house museums. It isn't good enough to show the lives of the rich people that enjoyed lives of luxury through the...More

2  Thank patisson
Reviewed 8 October 2015

Grand old house beautifully maintained with a great story. The antique furnishings are to the period.

2  Thank David G
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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
Joyce D
29 April 2016|
Response from Don B | Property representative |
The phone number for Edmondston-Alston House is (843) 722-7171. I hope you'll enjoy your visit!
Martha L
7 September 2015|
Response from Don B | Property representative |
All tours at the Edmondston-Alston House are conducted by an expert guide.