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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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Moments in History

This is a guided tour through antebellum elegance and style. A guide talks with you about the furniture, silver and paintings original to the Alston family. You even get to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
Larry W
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Leavenworth
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Lakeland, Florida
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158 reviews 158 reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We didn't think this tour was worth the $12 each. You only get to see 4 rooms and are told several fabrications and assumptions. Some things our guide said on the first floor did not jibe with things she then said on the second floor. She was not receptive to questions or comments. With othery beautiful historic homes available to... More 

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Leavenworth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This is a guided tour through antebellum elegance and style. A guide talks with you about the furniture, silver and paintings original to the Alston family. You even get to stand on the second-floor piazza and see the breathtaking view of the Charleston Harbor. In 1861 the Alston family joined General P.G.T. Beauregard on the piazza to view the bombardment... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful, history-filled mansion on the Battery in Charleston, and well worth a visit. Before you visit, ask when Jordan Yale is giving the tour - he has a wonderful Charleston accent that is not to be missed!

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Larchmont, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Beautifully restored old home and furnishings with an interesting history. The best part of the house might be its magnificent location overlooking Charleston's harbor! This is a great house to visit for those who enjoy touring historic homes and learning about the history of the inhabitants. A fun bonus was getting to try the "joggling bench" on the porch at... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Beautiful old home with a good history and a superb guide who enticed some younger tourists to listen and nicely offered a separate guide to the family of an unhappy baby - and the guide had to be 75 years old.

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Fonthill, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The Edmondston-Alston is a beautiful home with a long rich history of the wealth of the family's who lived there. It's sits in a beautiful setting and is really worth a visit. The 30 minute tour provides a great amount of detail of what it was like living there through the various events and changes taking place over the years... More 

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virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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

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

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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