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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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The History of Charleston Told by a House

This was our first visit to the Edmondston-Alston House and it was the best house tour of the many we have been on. The guide weaved the family history and the city history... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Boca Grande, Florida
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This was our first visit to the Edmondston-Alston House and it was the best house tour of the many we have been on. The guide weaved the family history and the city history together in an imaginative and humorous way using furniture, paintings, documents and verandas/piazzas. It was a flash back in history when she explained that General Beauregard sat... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Tour guide was great! They gave a good history of the house and area. The furnishings are very interesting.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We stayed at the 21 East Battery B&B so this was complementart with our stay. Probably would not have toured if it was not included, but gave an interesting review of the history of the home. Wish the tour group had been smaller, at times it was hard to get a look at things before we had to move on... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I have seen many houses in Charleston, but this was my first visit to the Edmonson-Alston house. It was my friends first time in Charleston and I am happy this is the house we picked to tour. Sitting on the battery and overlooking the water, this classic Charleston home offered a beautiful backdrop for photos from the large veranda. This... More 

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Carmel, Indiana
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The house was beautiful and the old furnishings were so interesting. I was disappointed in the value of the tour. For the cost, I felt rushed through the rooms. The guide would point out an interesting item and yet did not leave time for the guests to look at the item. The guides did give our children a piece of... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Great period house to see! All items in home are from the family from the beginning. House is very well maintained and the staff is very knowledgeable and takes the time to explain the history of all pieces displayed. The most interesting part was the chart showing how the property has maintained family owner ship since the 1700's....a definite must... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Great way to spend the hot afternoon . All floors are air conditioned. The docent was very knowledgeable about South Carolina history. In my opinion, that makes a tour

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We purchased this tour as an add-on to our Middleton Plantation tour, so we saved a few dollars each over the price of walk-in tour pricing. We had a great guide for our tour as we toured two main rooms on the first floor and three rooms and an area with a display on the second floor. The guide was... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This centuries-old southern home provides an educational look back into life along the battery in Charleston. Some 90 percent of the furnishings date back to the original owners, including a magnificent library stock full of old books. The house's history, however, came alive in a tour given by Boyd. Very knowledgeable and giving of his time to answer any and... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

A beautiful gem with Southern charm in the heart of old Charleston with a rich history going back before the Civil War. It was a great experience walking through a home of such opulence of a bygone era. The staff was not only incredibly knowledgeable, but very warm and receptive, true Southern Hospitality!

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