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Edmondston-Alston House

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Address: 21 East Battery, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: 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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Nice tour

The Edmondston-Alston House is located right on the Battery and is a beautifully maintained property. It is still owned by I believe the Alston family and they live on the third... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Stokesdale, North Carolina
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Stokesdale, North Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The Edmondston-Alston House is located right on the Battery and is a beautifully maintained property. It is still owned by I believe the Alston family and they live on the third floor. The carriage house behind the main house, as well as the attached addition is part of a Bed and Breakfast. The house is quite beautiful. Our guide was... More 

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Dodge City, KS
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The house tour guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating to our questions. For anyone seeking Charleston history, this is an excellent place to visit...and one of the more authentic attractions.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Beautiful example of a wealthy Charleston city home. Furnished, guided tours with great gardens. Great walking location.

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Carroll, Ohio, United States
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60 reviews 60 reviews
7 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The tour was lead by a very informative guide named Sherry. We were given a good amount of information, viewed the harbor and allowed a glimpse into the time before, during, and after the Civil War, through the lives of real people. What a beautiful home! This house is owned and lived in (on the top floor) by a relative... More 

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MARIANNA
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This was an excellent tour. It was very informative. This tour is not handicap accessible and requires walking stairs if that is a personal concern. However, if it is not, get ready for a most enjoyable and enlightening experience into historic Charleston culture.

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Boston
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26 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

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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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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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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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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