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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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Fascinating walk back in time

My husband & I have an annual pass to the Middleton Place Plantation & Edmonston-Alston House so we have visited both on numerous occasions. We very much enjoy both locations... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

My husband & I have an annual pass to the Middleton Place Plantation & Edmonston-Alston House so we have visited both on numerous occasions. We very much enjoy both locations. We went to the Edmonston-Alston House for a tour with some friends the other day. John Witty was our tour guide. He was simply wonderful!! For people who have been... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This was very informative..... It was laid back and relaxing, but very interesting for us history buffs. We had a catered dinner here, so there was food that is not typical, but the docents were knowledgeable and helpful

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Charleston, South Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This is a must do in Charleston! The docents are amazing and it is so great to see this historic home and understand the history of this fine city!

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South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We live in a small town near Charleston, and I enjoy taking visiting company to see the sights in "the Holy City". One stop I always make is to the Edmonston-Alston House on the Battery. This place has it all - a beautiful home, a great family story, breezy piazzas that overlook the river, fine furnishings, a scenic side yard,... More 

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United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I toured the house and enjoyed the view from the porch the best. The interior of the house was not as impressive as I imagined, but the furniture did seem authentic, and the tour guide was interesting. We toured the first and second floors and the porch. I'm glad I went, but it wasn't a-don't-miss experience.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Very nice house restored to its original beauty. The remaining family member still resides in the house on the third floor! There carriage house and kitchen/slave quarters have been turned in a bed and breakfast. I may have to look into staying there! Excellent history and a beautiful house. Its a must see! Buy the pass from the Charleston Visitor... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed the Edmondston-Alston House especially the location which was across from the bay. The home was built in 1825 and Gen. Beauregard watched the bombardment of Ft. Sumter in 12861. A lot of famous visitors stayed in this home. Worth the visit.

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Chattanooga, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

very enjoyable historic tour. The staff gave us a overview of all the past owners of the house as well as information about Charleston history around the time the home was built. Like walking back in time. Half hour tour was wonderful.

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Isle of Palms, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

One of my favorites to tour in Charleston. The home is greatly restored and historical significance and accuracy is important. The view of the battery from the upstairs portico is stunning.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A lovely woman told us the history of this magnificent old home. We saw family portraits, China, and many old antiques from the time after the Revolutionary War!! landscaping nice too!!

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