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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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Simple step back in time

I enjoyed the audio tour at my own speed, with staff more than willing to answer questions. The house was really a step back in time.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Minneapolis, MN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I enjoyed the audio tour at my own speed, with staff more than willing to answer questions. The house was really a step back in time.

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The self-guided tour with explanation through personal audio device (provided) was very well done, and since this property has not been restored there are some interesting aspects of historical life that are more easily seen and understood. Time well spent.

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The house is in a state of disrepair which I found refreshing after visiting so many restored homes. The slave quarters were interesting and chores performed by the slaves explained, however, there was little acknowledgement that the family fortune was made possible because of the free labor on plantations and the house was built and maintained by slave labor. Not... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some Museum houses in Charleston are restored to the point you feel like you are walking through a occupied residence of the social elite. Not this place! The Aiken-Rhett house transports you back in time. It's cared for built not restored. Some original wallpaper, paint rugs make for a very authentic experience. If you chose one house to tour, consider... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My spouse and I visited the Aiken-Rhett House on a Saturday morning in mid-November 2016. The house is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Sundays from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Plan to spend at least one hour for the self-guided audio tour, which describes the families that occupied the house, its rooms, and... More 

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Charleston SC, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house tour is definately my favorite in Charleston. It has a lot of period furnishings, the stables and slave quarters. The taped quided tour provides a lot of interesting information. I have done this tour often and will continue to. Charming!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the audio tour as we went through the house. It's very educational and interesting and allows visitors to go through at their own pace, learn about each area of the property, and take pictures. You see not only the interior of the house but the outbuildings, the old carriages, and the magnolias in the yard. It was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This home is preserved, not restored. Little to no furniture, but you are able to see the original wall paper and paint and flooring, some drapes etc...Interesting to view such an ancient home and learn about the people and events that shaped our lives today.

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Westminster, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent audio tour included with admission. Great example of preservation instead of restoration approach to understanding history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The unrestored house was interesting in its own way. Very different than the other houses we saw. It was my friends favorite house. I liked having an audio tour. If you wanted to pause it during the tour you could but we just kept up with the audio. You saw many other parts decides just the house. Where slaves lived... More 

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