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“A very large ripoff”

The Calhoun Mansion
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Owner description: One of Charleston's architectural treasures, this historic mansion owned by George Walton Williams transports visitors back in time.
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Don't waste your time on this place. We must admit though, the owners are brilliant. Most folks rent storage lockers for their junk - these people charged us $30 to look at it. Gaudy, garish, not true Charleston, not even American history's Calhoun (some offspring, smart enough to marry into the money). Brief, expensive tour of only a small part of the house, equally pompous guide who insulted our home state and another historic home in town ("it looks that way because they don't have the money"). Wish we'd done our homework and not wasted our time and money here.

Thank G W
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

This was not a tour of an historical home with beautiful decor, antiques and history. This was like an estate sale tour of a very rich hoarder's house. The Charleston tourism bureau should be ashamed of this and beware of endorsing this tour or allowing it to be advertised as historical.

Thank P K
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

As noted by many of its reviews, this house is a bit deceptive. It is one of the biggest and most beautiful homes in Charleston, originally built in the late 1800s. But it has gone through various incarnations and is currently owned by a private family who have a massive collection of artwork and miscellaneous items from no one particular period and with no historical significance. They live there and basically you are touring their home and their collection. Very odd. There are plenty of more interesting and historically significant things to see and do in Charleston. But, it is reasonably interesting and the house itself is beautiful.

Thank AndreLePlume
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

I visited the Calhoun Mansion 25 years ago when it had been lovingly restored by a new owner. It was then a VERY handsome Victorian. About nine years ago he sold the house to a new owner...described as an international lawyer by the museum docents when I visited it again a week ago.

Unfortunately, being skilled in the law does not make one a good interior decorator. The house is now totally spoiled and a scathing disgrace which should absolutely be avoided. It screams pathological acquisitiveness combined with totally awful taste. It is a crowded, chock-a-block flea market of disparate and incoherent objects occupying every last square inch, obscuring the interior architecture, and a sheer mayhem. It would be an amusing joke or a self-parody, were it not for the fact that this utter tastelessness obscures the good bones of a great house.

Steer clear of it, and by the way, the admission price is exorbitant.

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Reviewed 1 April 2014

Lots to see and it can be overwhelming but worth the time. The house is very full but it was very nice to see the history and to know people actually live here.....still.

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