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“Interesting state of preservation”
Review of Aiken-Rhett House

Aiken-Rhett House
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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour
Ranked #11 of 246 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 13 November 2013

The MP3 player guided tour allows one to tour the house with good explanation and description. Docents can answer other questions. Located close to the Visitor's Center, it gives visitors a glimpse of Charleston life long ago. Disappointed the sculpture gallery was under renovation and the sculptures were wrapped up. Do not expect restoration - as is preservation.

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Reviewed 13 November 2013

A local told us this was the house to visit to see what antebellum and post-Civil War life was really like. The property has been "conserved" but not restored, so you see it much as it was. The "dependencies" buildings are still standing, unlike many other houses in the city. Fascinating visit.

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Reviewed 12 November 2013

I visit a lot of historical homes.... and they all start to blend in after a while. The Aiken-Rhett house was preserved - not restored to a cookie cutter version of a previous time. It really made me think about historical preservation. The audio tour was interesting, and did an adequate job of providing information about the lives of enslaved African-Americans who worked there.

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Reviewed 7 November 2013

We loved the condition of the house which shows the history and architecture much better than a fully-restored house would do. This should be on every visitor's list!

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Reviewed 7 November 2013

The audio tour was excellent. It was very comprehensive. Staff was most helpful. Time well spent. Thanks

1  Thank Joe R
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