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Edmondston-Alston House

21 East Battery, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)
843-722-7171
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Ranked #17 of 103 attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Schwarzwald
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83 reviews 83 reviews
42 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We arrived on the dot at 4:30pm which is when the house closes. With hanging heads we were standing in front of the door when a very friendly lady stepped out and beckoned us to come inside. No problem at all to show us around and give us a private tour (of course we payed) It was wonderful and we... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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65 reviews 65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This short visit gave me the big picture and many new aspects. Within a short time I learnt so much about the Edmondson and Alston families, about the American history, the civil war, slavery and plantations. I warmly recommend.

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Under management by Middleton Foundation. So if you plan to visit Middleton Place plantation on North Charleston, buy your combo ticket here. The heir still lives on the third floor, off limit to visitors. The wealthy of the time were all connected, through marriage. You will learn that during your visit. Like in other historical sites, photography was not allowed.... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Learned alot about Charleston lifestyle and history. Within wallking distance from my hotel and a lovely walk there.On the Battery. Guide helpful and well-informed/gracious. A must see.

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Los Angeles
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57 reviews 57 reviews
4 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

There is plenty of superior architecture in Charleston to see but the Edmondston-Alston House is an excellent example that combines not only an example of 1825 living but also speaks of the area's history. The home, owned by the same general family line since being built, is filled with original art, furniture and furnishings. We were fortunate to have a... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We did a tour of this house and were definitely impressed. We got lucky, just the 2 of us with the tour guide, so essentially a personal tour. Nice house, great furniture and decorations. The guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer all of our questions. Nice garden in the back, small, but very nice. I would highly recommend... More

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Mooresville, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The tour lasted about 45 minutes and was very worthwhile. We had an excellent tour guide who allowed time for questions throughout the tour. The location of the mansion provided excallent views of the river and most of the furnishings were from the original families. There were unique items in many rooms which we did not see on other house... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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136 reviews 136 reviews
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480 helpful votes 480 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This is one of the First Homes built that flanked the dirt road embankment along the Battery in the early 1800's. This home provided relief and refuge to many a notable officer of the "Stars and Bars" during the conflict between the states. (Generals Robert E Lee & PGT Beauregard) South Carolina plantation owners built the house and it passed... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Home was beautiful outside and inside. Staff were very nice and shared history without being stuffy or boring. It was the 150th anniv of some ancestor's death so they were featuring mourning clothing and rituals which was very interesting.

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Springfield, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

After taking our money, we were ushered on the pouch (piazza) where we waited for enough people to accumulate for a guided tour. The tour covers the first two floors of the front of the house - the gardens and rest of the building is off-limits. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly.

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