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Edmondston-Alston House

21 East Battery, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)
843-722-7171
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Ranked #21 of 106 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Recently i performed a photo shoot during an engagement at this house and I could not have asked for a more beautiful location! The views from the second story are amazing and the staff were the most amazing, hospitable people! They helped ensure the engagement (which was a complete surprise) was romantic and went without any hiccups! Furthermore, the tour... More

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Richmond
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The tour was very nice and the tour guides were informative and the actors were fun to watch and historical. The house is very clean and kept to period. The only draw back it having to wait in line if there is a cold breeze blowing off of the water. A coat and scarf would be recommended if touring house... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Incredible house filled with history. I had been to the home before, but this time went on the tour with my girlfriend. There were new pieces of history in the home and our tour guide really knew how to make the history come alive. Every room contains artifacts with great stories behind them. The second story balcony has a view... More

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Hickory, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I would highly recommend this home to visit. We had a wonderful tour guide who was eager to tell us about this home which is still owned by family. The house has great details of the era with elegant designs . Well worth the time and money .

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We made our traditional stop in Charleston. This is the first time we have visited the house and it I'd definitely a place you want to see...full of rich history!

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Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Our family had the opportunity to tour the Edmondston-Alston House, and really enjoyed ourselves. We were fortunate to have the most engaging tour guide, who answered every question with wonderful information. Loved walking through the rooms on the main floor especially, and hearing about the history of the pieces that are on display. The view previous family members had from... More

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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We spotted the Edmondston_Alston home on a walking tour along East Battery Road and decided to go back as it is beautiful period home. Parking was good, right in front, but that is about it. We felt the tour to be overpriced and the tour left us wanting a lot more. It is a rather pretentious guided tour and most... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The ladies at the entrance were friendly and welcoming and ice cold water was provided on the porch where we waited comfortably for the tour to begin; the guide was friendly and very knowledgable about the history of the house but because it's privately owned and occupied and parts of the property are run as a bed and breakfast, the... More

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Mattoon, Illinois, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We spent more to see this home than the others, then found it was a 30 minutes, totally rushed tour. It seemed that things were just crammed into the home with no meaning to them.

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Barrington, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This tour was quite short and they really didn't show you much of the house - couple of rooms on the first floor, couple of rooms on the second floor, the porch and out you go. Apparently one the descendants still lives there - so access denied. We found the Aiken-Rhett house, to be much more interesting.

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