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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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It was nice to see inside of a historic mansion and view Fort Sumter from the balcony of the home. The guides were very caught up in what you could and couldn't do on the tour... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

It was nice to see inside of a historic mansion and view Fort Sumter from the balcony of the home. The guides were very caught up in what you could and couldn't do on the tour, giving very little time to look at things. They took away from the experience.

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Cobb Island, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Beautiful property in excellent shape shown by docent, Arlena Withers, that is extremely knowledgeable and really knows her stuff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This beautiful home has an interesting history. Boyd was a fantastic guide. The grounds are also gorgeous and there is a b&b attached.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

the guide knew her stuff. hospitable, even cool water drink while we waited. good display of furnishings. a little disjointed with 2 owners, but mainly Alston family

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This beautiful home was filled with historical treasures. Our tour guide Lora really knew the history of the home and the important items to point out to us. I really recommend visiting this house.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

From the moment we walked in to the house, the people were very nice and inviting. The house was beautiful and had a wonderful history. We loved the joggling? board on the patio and seeing a lot of the original furnishings for the house.

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We visited the Edmonston-Alston House which is located at 21 East Battery Street. If you get there early take a short rest in the cool shade of the park located at East Battery and South Battery. It’s a lovely little park with a wonderful view of the harbor and provides cooling shade. At the Edmonston-Alston House we took the quick... More 

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Manorville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We visited the Edmondston-Alston house after touring Middleton Place Plantation because the tickets were included in the combination package. The tour was informative and our guide was knowledgeable and friendly.

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Bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Edmondston-Alston House sits in a perfect location on the Battery. It is in a meticulous state of preservation and filled with mementos of a remarkable family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

One of three historic homes we visited in Charleston. Our guide was friendly and knowledgable. Great example of the Charleston home floor plan. Learned a lot! Great view of the water.

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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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