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Edmondston-Alston House

Address: 21 East Battery, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)
Phone Number: 843-722-7171
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Ranked #20 of 108 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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Boston
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123 reviews 123 reviews
26 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

I had visited the house 4 or 5 years ago but wanted to see it with holiday decorations. Sadly I arrived before noon on a Monday & they don't open till 1 pm. - not typical of other houses in Charleston. Pouring rain that day so very bummed to be on foot near the water. I grabbed a quick lunch... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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92 reviews 92 reviews
56 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We enjoyed visiting this historic home and enjoyed learning the history of the families who lived there. I always find it to be a humbling experience when you consider those who walked the exact floors that you are standing on. It is also very sad when you stop to think of the pain and sadness that was felt by many... More 

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Townville, South Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This home is spectactacular inside and out. The architecture and furniture are not to be missed. Wonderful examples of the time period. Our tour guide was wonderful and had lots of details about the home both from the past and currently.

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Statesville, North Carolina, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The views and stories behind this house are worth the hassle, but volunteer docent was self-important and almost obnoxious to a family with a young child. Still worth the small cost. Porch and views from the second floor are not to be missed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

A strategically located house with historical connections to civil war and prominent Charlestonians. Near waterfront and in a nice area to walk around. Docent-led tour of bottom two floors and terraces.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

It was pleasant to see a lovely southern house in Charleston with ad docent that was very enthusiastic. Looking through the windows at the water made old Charleston seem alive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The Edmonston-Alston House is a beautiful, historic mansion that overlooks Charleston Harbor and Ft. Sumpter. It is very well maintained and appointed with period pieces owned by the families who once occupied the house. The tour guide was knowledgeable and interesting. It made history come alive for us. Tickets include admission to other historical sites. This is a great stop... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Our guide was nice but was interested in just pointing out artifacts and furniture. There was a good deal more history that could have been tied back to the home and its owners. Went as part of charleston museum mile pass so i was happy I did not pay full price for the tour.

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Franklinville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I enjoy architecture, so I enjoyed viewing this home. Most of the furnishing is "original". The price is $12 per person. I thought is was a little pricey considering you might want to visit more then one house. There is a lot of Charleston History and lineage embedded in this home.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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22 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This was one of the most beautiful homes that we toured. The tour guides were great. We waited a little bit for our tour but will were able to wait on the beautiful porch.

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