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“A "Must-see" in Charleston!”
Review of Aiken-Rhett House

Aiken-Rhett House
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US$26.00*
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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour
Ranked #13 of 238 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.
Richmond, Virginia
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86 reviews
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“A "Must-see" in Charleston!”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

This antebellum city mansion, once home to the governor of South Carolina prior to the Civil War, is almost untouched - it's like the family left one day and took most of their furniture, but still left something behind. It is left in its original state - preservation as opposed to restoration, and you can see details of almost every period of its history. The kitchen, slave quarters, stables and carriage house are still intact, unlike almost anywhere else from its time period (built in the 1820s). Even the original wallpaper is viable! Some may feel that it needs much work (It does!), but that is part of its charm and appeal, in my opinion. I simply loved it! The perfect "city-house" complement to Drayton Hall, the last intact, original plantation just outside of Charleston.

Visited November 2013
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Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Great place!”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

This place is an audio tour - very indepth....very real, and not "restored" ...many areas are exactly as it was. It really is a rare jewel in the era of the wealthy and perplexed. There is the slave quarters, the kitchen, the laundry, and the stables. Rich in history a must see.

Visited October 2013
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NYC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Don't Rush”
Reviewed 14 November 2013

We had been told this was one of the highlights so we rushed to see this house. It is off the beaten path and you have to be ok with walking. Once there, it's a self guided audio tour and I had a bit of trouble with the mp3 though there are guides around to help re-set. It's not any where as nice as the "sister" house- Nathaniel Russell. So if you are short on time, you can skip this one.

Visited November 2013
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Franklin, Tennessee
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“Slice of History”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

Such a great piece of history! Love that it was not restored, but preserved. The staff was very friendly! We also liked that it was an audio tour, so you could take as much time as you wanted! Loved it!

Visited November 2013
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New Jersey
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“Interesting state of preservation”
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.

Visited November 2013
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