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Edmondston-Alston House

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Address: 21 East Battery, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: +1 843-722-7171
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Of Charleston's many fine house museums, only the Edmondston-Alston House...
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.
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Wonderful historic home open for tours with well informed and approachable guides. This prompted us to see the related plantation outside of town.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

An interesting Charleston home with a great location, worth visiting because it is so typical of the city's style. But you'll be bored to death if you get our guide, who droned on about the owners and utterly failed to impart any love for the house itself.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Wonderful historic home open for tours with well informed and approachable guides. This prompted us to see the related plantation outside of town.

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Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Lovely visit to this historic house. Perfect when combined with the Plantation tours. The owner lives on the third floor. The house is filled with family history, and US history artifacts. Definitely worth a visit

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Well worth the admit price. Each room had actors describing their opinion of the upcoming "war" and what it would mean for them.

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Beautiful home, showcased with a lot of original furnishings and artifacts. Makes it easy to imagine how the richest people in Charleston lived in the 1800s. Admission price was very fair at only $12, but even cheaper if you also visit the Middleton Plantation (we were not told this in advance, so keep your receipt from the plantation and save... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This home has been left relatively untouched, unlike the Nathaniel Russell house (which you can buy discounted tickets to tour both). It is quite lovely this way. The grandiose is breathtaking. There is no AC in the house so on hot days (heat index of 100) they close, so I rec'd going early in the day for summer visitors. They... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This lovely museum home & Inn, has incredible examples of the plaster and wood detail of the 1800's!

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Beautiful home has been refurnished in the later years and still in repair...has had many faces over the years....lovely property...excellent tour guide with informative info over the centuries.

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Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We toured the house during our stay. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the house was interesting and it had great views!

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Jupiter, Fl
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Although the admission fee is pricey, the home impressive, it is not kept up to a high standard. More needs to be done to preserve this important house.

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Stephen R, Public Relations Manager at Edmondston-Alston House, responded to this review

Glad you found the Edmondston-Alston House impressive. Certainly, the combination of its beautiful exterior, its interior collections, and the spectacular view of Charleston Harbor make it one of the must see attractions in the Low Country. Unlike some other historical sites, the Edmondston-Alston House is presented to the public as close to the way it was when the Alstons lived... More 

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Address: 21 East Battery, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: +1 843-722-7171
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > Charlestowne

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