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Edmondston-Alston House

21 East Battery, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)
843-722-7171
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Ranked #17 of 96 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...
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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 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Wow! This home is full of treasured history. The furniture and stories that go with the items are amazing. Worth a visit.

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Marion, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We arrived at the house on the afternoon of the candle light tours that night. We could not tour all the area because of that. The docent was very knowledgeable about the house and history. The house of small that I realized and the tour seemed to be quite short although there is so much history you can do on... More 

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Old Fort, North Carolina
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15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I so wish I could see the inside of many of the homes along the Battery/East Bay area of Charleston, so it was a treat to tour the Edmonston-Alston House. The home, a blend of Federal and Greek Revival styles (thanks to the two earliest owners, Mssrs Edmonston and Alston), is well-maintained with original furniture and fixtures, and is a... More 

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This house is a great example of southern charm. The tour guide could not have been nicer or more informative. The art and the views were great. It was very reasonably priced.

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Hanover, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This tour allows you to see inside one of the fabulous old mansions along East Bay Street in Charleston. I've always wanted to see the view from one of those gorgeous piazzas and finally got the chance. :) The tour is reasonably priced and takes visitors through two of the three floors of the main house. The house's history and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This historic house and collection of art and sculpture is made fascinating by the knowledge and personability of excellent guides. The tales of its history interwoven with each work of art make this one of the best events to enjoy in Charleston.

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Charlotte
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The house is currently under some exterior renovation, we weren't sure if they were open, but walked inside and kindly greeted by the staff. After a short wait on the piazza, we were the only two on the tour. It was a great way to come in from the chilly morning air and absorb some history. The views from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A beautiful stroll through a wonderful home. Still a residence and a great historical treat. Stand and have the same view that was had of the bombardment of Fort Sumter.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The tour guide was very informative about the history of the persons and events taking place within the historic home.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Your basic historic home tour, describing the home itself and the family generations who have lived there, worthwhile if you enjoy that kind of thing (which we do). Claim to fame - from one of the porches, the residents watched the beginning of the Civil War taking place at Fort Sumter out in the harbor.

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