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Aiken-Rhett House

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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...more
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48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
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Reviewed yesterday

This is something of a novelty, the house has been conserved not restored so the whole history of the house was on display, a real object lesson in the saga of the area. In stark contrast with the restored houses like the Joseph Manigault house,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jo G
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Aiken-Rhett House is a historic home that's been kept in its original state - partly by design, partly due to insufficient funds. I'm sure those funds will become more sufficient in the future and when they do I hope those in charge of the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank HistoryLover2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Many, of not most, historical house tours show you the house as the restorers imagined the home looked. They’re great and you learn a lot. This home is different. It’s been left more or less as it was when the family turned it over to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank karen1234h
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can read history all you want but seeing it is so very different. The self guided tour had new applications which was frustrating but when kinks are worked out will be a wonderful tool.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Go520857
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the tour which was very interesting but found the audio to be a little to long at each stop. It was very warm the day we were there so we skipped the last part becasue we were getting hot. If you love history...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank phyllis4281
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I toured several homes while in Charleston and this was our least favorite. While I can appreciate that they wanted to keep this as it was in the 1800's, the story that goes along with it was hard to follow and uninteresting....More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank mvenaas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are so many imposing and impressive antebellum mansions in Charleston, South Carolina, that a visitor often regrets that he has missed something if he hasn't seen them all. Word to the wise: see as many as time allows. Each is different on its own...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I cannot say enough about this house museum. We bought the combo-ticket with the Nathaniel House and it was a wonderful chance to compare the two as restored vs. preserved. This museum is not fully restored and I am so grateful it isn't! With a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Alice M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whether to preserve or restore...that is the question. It was educational to see this house, to see the effects of all that had happened to it, to imagine what it was like in its glory days.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank GretchenArlington_VA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We would recomend that they have guided tours at set times for better understanding this great property

Date of experience: February 2019
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14 March 2018|
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Response from LSD11 | Reviewed this property |
Allow an hour to visit each house. Parking is on-street for both houses.
28 March 2017|
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Response from R8907JPkristenh | 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.
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19 November 2015|
Response from Sarah M | Reviewed this property |
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