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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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This is the Battery house you were hoping to see, side porches, fronting the walking wall

If you want to tour a Battery mansion this is it. Part of the house tour ticket. Parking spaces easier to find in the morning. House is where the signal was given to fire the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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113 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

If you want to tour a Battery mansion this is it. Part of the house tour ticket. Parking spaces easier to find in the morning. House is where the signal was given to fire the first shot at Fort Sumter, so although generations have come and gone, this was an important part of history. Artistic decoration more 1800s than 1700s.... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My wife and I are on our first visit to Charleston and chose the Edmonds-Alston House for a mansion tour. The tour guide was knowledgeable and the history of the home is very compelling. The historic documents and the antiques that tell the story of the Edmondston-Alston families are very interesting. The views of Charleston Bay the mansions that surround... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We took the tour of the Edmondston-Alston House the day after visiting the Magnolia Plantation. It was just as interesting to see a house in the city as the sprawling mansion in the country. It gave another view of the upper class of Charleston. It did an excellent job of showing how they lived day-to-day, as well as how dependent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Dropped in unplanned at the end of the day after walking around the town. What a wonderful surprise. Magnificent home with a unique place in local history. Our guide, Juanita, was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and friendly who knew the answers to all of our questions. The big surprise was the view of Fort Sumpter, and the tie in with history.... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

A half hour tour that gives an interesting history of the life of the wealthy in Charleston prior to the Civil War. The shelling of Fort Sumter was viewed from the veranda..

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Stow, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Guide average, had to ask questions. Amazing story of family/owners. Spectacular view, furniture outstanding.

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Holland, Michigan, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We hung on every word as John described both the historical and the architectural features of this remarkable house museum. We came away with a deeper appreciation of Charleston's place in both the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars.

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Shelbyville, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Our guide was not very personable and became impatient with some people in our group that were asking questions. The home is beautiful and has a nice view. We were on a bus tour around town and this stop was part of it.

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Concord, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We have walked by this house several times. While on a recent trip to Charleston, SC, we decided to take a tour and were very glad that we did. The guide was very knowledgeable. The history of the house was very interesting.

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Stokesdale, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

The Edmondston-Alston House is located right on the Battery and is a beautifully maintained property. It is still owned by I believe the Alston family and they live on the third floor. The carriage house behind the main house, as well as the attached addition is part of a Bed and Breakfast. The house is quite beautiful. Our guide was... More 

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