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Edmondston-Alston House

21 East Battery, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)
843-722-7171
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Ranked #20 of 106 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 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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Ladera Ranch, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed exploring the house. That being said, the docent was quite rude and would answer questions in a pejorative manner.

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Orangeville, ON
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

What a lovely home to tour! You enter through the front door on East Battery St., purchase tickets, leave any bulky belongings and then wait for your tour on the ground floor piazza. So lovely. Our tour guide was well versed on the features & stories of the home. Tour includes main level & upper floor with a step out... More

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Franklin, Tennessee
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This was our only tour while in Charleston. We enjoyed the history behind the house and area as well as looking at the different molding styles from one area of the house to another. The tour was not long only about 30 minutes. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a charming visit to one of the houses that can be seen in Charleston. The house is very interesting, made all the more interesting by our flowery guide, giving the visitor a look at how the wealthy of Charleston used to live. The house has beautiful gardens, porch and a great view of the bay.

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Raleigh
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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Docents were very friendly and their presentation was practiced. Very rich with history and replete with original furnishings and decor. We very much enjoyed the tour but the questions we asked regarding construction details and other things seemed to side-track and slightly fluster our guide. From a historical and architectural perspective, this is a real gem and the family is... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

If you want to see a house steeped in history and true to it's original family, please go tour this beauty...from the front door, gardens and views of the battery...it is a favorite house and a must see !!!

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Montecito, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
37 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This house has been owned by the same family for the past 200 years and has the original furniture and furnishings. Current owner lives in house on 3rd floor. Excellent tour of 2 floors and you get a real flavor of 1800's life. Can also rent the house for special occasions, or the staff building to stay in. Owner must... More

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Hamburg, Michigan
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68 reviews 68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was a lovely old in town home-turned-museum that we enjoyed going through. Good guide had lots to say, interesting and informative, Lovely gardens.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Calhoun house was great ,this once and Russel house worth seeing but that was it for us...both were neatly presented by knowledgeable staff but did not compare to Calhoun House..once you have seen two or three, you have to be really int...

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Milwaukee, WI
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

What an excellent tour!! A Definite Must Do! It is located along the seawall as you walk south towards the battery. The house is a house/museum, which means descendants of the family owners still live in the rear of the property. The very best thing about this house is the actual original furnishings dating back to the 1600-1800's. The library... More

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