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Edmondston-Alston House

21 East Battery, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)
843-722-7171
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Ranked #20 of 108 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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... more » 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. « less
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Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We stumbled upon this museum while walking along the waterfront, and I'm so happy we took the time to do the 30 min tour. The overwhelming majority of the artifacts in the home are the originals. A lot of very interesting history tied to this house- I would highly recommend taking 30 minutes out of your visit to take the... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

If you only have a day to spend in this beautiful city, the Edmondston-Alston House is a must-see. Situated on the battery, there isn't a better view of our harbor than from the 2nd floor piazza. This is one of the few houses in Charleston that has stayed within the family and many of the pieces are either original to... More

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Loudonville, Ohio, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This house museum is one of the best in Charleston. The contents are amazing! We discoverred that you can stay in the old kitchen and stables through the Middleton Inn. The location is perfect for touring Charleston and enjoying the view. The current owner lives on the third floor and I am so thankful that the home is opened up.... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Just visited and was very impressed. Mr. Boyd, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and was able to answer every question about the property. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in the history of the area.

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Sedona, Arizona
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I just love this historic stuff!! I am grateful to have relatives in the area that enjoy revisiting these wonderful places!! Great tour and learned a bit about the society of the era.

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california
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We visited Charleston mid Sept 2014. We bought the Charleston Heritage Passport (includes entrance to this home, several other historic homes and plantations.) It was very hot and it was a nice touch that there were rocking chairs and ice water while we waited for the tour. The docent-led tour was informative. The view from the piazza is amazing. Much... More

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Lugoff, South Carolina
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48 reviews 48 reviews
29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I recommend purchasing the combo tour that consists of this house and Middleton Place. The most interesting part is that the house is still currently occupied by decedents who reside on the third floor. Unni, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and a joy. Most of the time, guides throw out names and who married who so much that they all... More

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Hueytown, Alabama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Amazing detail, good prices, reasonable gift shop. The length of the tour was good, allowing you to spend time looking at the myriad of items in the numerous rooms.

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Johns Creek, Georgia, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This was a great tour and they made it fun for our children. They gave the kids a scavenger hunt as we walked through the house. The house was beautiful and we loved hearing the history. The tour guides were very friendly and easy for all to understand.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We had a very nice time touring the Edmonston-Alston house. Boyd was a very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide and went above and beyond to make sure we had a good experience and learned all we wanted about the history of the house, the current and former owners as well as Charleston. And the staff was very kind and watched... More

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