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“Excellent Mansion Tour”

Edmondston-Alston House
Ranked #21 of 244 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 9 July 2014

This house has been owned by the same family for the past 200 years and has the original furniture and furnishings. Current owner lives in house on 3rd floor. Excellent tour of 2 floors and you get a real flavor of 1800's life. Can also rent the house for special occasions, or the staff building to stay in.
Owner must be a bit down on his luck because the building is not being maintained in tip top shape: downstairs fireplace has tiles that have pulled out from the wall and are ready to fall down, the veranda columns have wood rot and are in need of restoration and painting, etc.

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

This was a lovely old in town home-turned-museum that we enjoyed going through. Good guide had lots to say, interesting and informative, Lovely gardens.

Thank Karen B
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Calhoun house was great ,this once and Russel house worth seeing but that was it for us...both were neatly presented by knowledgeable staff but did not compare to Calhoun House..once you have seen two or three, you have to be really int...

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

What an excellent tour!! A Definite Must Do! It is located along the seawall as you walk south towards the battery. The house is a house/museum, which means descendants of the family owners still live in the rear of the property. The very best thing about this house is the actual original furnishings dating back to the 1600-1800's. The library facing the harbor is amazing!! The tour guides are also all very wonderful and informative. Take pictures on the 2nd floor piazza with the magnolia's and columns for a fabulous keepsake. Most of the other house/museums have lost the original furnishings and are using period pieces not original to the house. You can also take pictures here which is prohibited at other house/museums. Great tour!!

Thank nuclearmonkey
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

My Husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of this house. The history of the home was well documented and the tour moved quickly. It is impressive to learn that the heir to the home still resides on the third level (off limits on the tour) and makes access to this piece of history all the more special. The interior is charming and gives a wonderful window into life during and before the Revolutionary and Civil War.

Thank des12404
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