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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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English first
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The ladies at the entrance were friendly and welcoming and ice cold water was provided on the porch where we waited comfortably for the tour to begin; the guide was friendly and very knowledgable about the history of the house but because it's privately owned and occupied and parts of the property are run as a bed and breakfast, the... More

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Mattoon, Illinois, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We spent more to see this home than the others, then found it was a 30 minutes, totally rushed tour. It seemed that things were just crammed into the home with no meaning to them.

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Barrington, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This tour was quite short and they really didn't show you much of the house - couple of rooms on the first floor, couple of rooms on the second floor, the porch and out you go. Apparently one the descendants still lives there - so access denied. We found the Aiken-Rhett house, to be much more interesting.

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Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We toured this home as part of the Heritage Pass, which gained us admission to four other museum homes, as well as two museums, Middleton Place, and Drayton Hall. This home was the only one that is air conditioned (which wasn't a concern for us). It is also the only one that someone still lives in. A descendant lives on... More

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were passing through Charleston on our way to Florida. I wanted my niece to see a little of the city. It was raining off and on (sometimes pouring), so we decided to tour an historic home instead of a plantation. Many old historic homes are owned and/or managed by historical society type organizations, so the admission prices can seem... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I visited the Edmondston-Alston House with my daughter and teenage and tween granddaughters. Despite the generational differences, we all enjoyed the tour of this historical home in Charleston. The docent was very knowledgeable about the history of the families, the home and Charleston in general. We took advantage of the package deal offered to visit this home in the city... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Very interesting tour. Delightful docents. All my questions answered. A nice peek into the high brow lifestyle of old charleston. Would go back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I traveled with my teenage daughter who is a history buff. We only had time to visit one home and one plantation in our itinerary, so we opted for a combination ticket available which includes the Edmondston-Alston House and Middleton Gardens. Both sites are authentic and include rich family histories. We arrived at the house very hot and were happy... More

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Ladera Ranch, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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