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Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
+1 843-723-1159
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Ranked #13 of 104 attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique in many ways. For example, it remained in the hands of family descendents for... more » Owner description: The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique in many ways. For example, it remained in the hands of family descendents for 142 years until it was sold to The Charleston Museum and opened as a museum house in 1975. Historic Charleston Foundation purchased the house in 1995 and adopted a conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings. « less
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Richmond
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

I was very excited to view this lovely historic home during our family's vacation to Charleston. This lovely home itself did not disappoint. The self guided tour was very well done and interesting. However my own experience was destroyed by the condescending and harsh manner of the staff. I was initially told to put my camera bag in a locker... More

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your tour of the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, and we appreciate your feedback. We take all concerns seriously, and we are always working to improve the visitor’s experience. Our docents are rigorously trained to treat each guest with the highest respect. At the same time, with thousands of visitors each year, they must always be vigilant... More

Brooklyn, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is really a must see when you are in Charleston. The audio guide is fantastic and the staff are wonderful. As you walk through the house it's like travelling back in time. We chatted with Barbara who was extremely knowledgeable about the house. Also Sarah was great getting us set up with our audio tour. Highly recommend.

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and we hope to see you again! Please visit our website to see our latest programming at the museums. More

florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The historical society did a great job. I enjoyed seeing these houses more than Boone Hall Plantation.

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and we hope to see you again! Please visit our website to see our latest programming at the museums. More

Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

One of my favorite houses in Charleston because it is a preservation and not restoration. The Historic Charleston Foundation has done a great job at preserving the layers of this house and explaining to guests how it changed throughout it's history. The house offers a glimpse into the life of the slaves by seeing the kitchen house, slave quarters, and... More

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, a recipient of TripAdvisor's 2014 Certificate of Excellence. Also, we’re pleased you enjoyed and appreciated our conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings. Many guests walk away from the house feeling like they have stepped back in time because of how well the... More

Pensacola, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Step back in time. No air in this home. You can imagine what it was like in the summer with no A/C and wearing a long dress. The tour was outstanding. The foundation has done an amazing job with maintaining the property. I really enjoyed this home. Great gift shop also.

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, a recipient of TripAdvisor's 2014 Certificate of Excellence. Also, we’re pleased you enjoyed and appreciated our conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings. Many guests walk away from the house feeling like they have stepped back in time because of how well the... More

Baton Rouge,Louisiana
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The Rhett family was and is a very prominent family in Beaufort and Charleston history and this house is a testament to this and to the way history has unfolded for the South. This house is reminiscent of Drayton Hall in that a large part of it is open without modern AC and somewhat as it was in past generations.... More

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, a recipient of TripAdvisor's 2014 Certificate of Excellence. Also, we’re pleased you enjoyed and appreciated our conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings. Many guests walk away from the house feeling like they have stepped back in time because of how well the... More

Aiken, South Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A well preserved home. Docents give you a headset and you can spend as much time in each area as you like. Really gives you a feel of what Charleston wealthy people were like.

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and we hope to see you again! Please visit our website to see our latest programming at the museums. More

Washington, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Well worth the admission!!!! Will visit again. I wish I had had time to ask the docents more questions. They were wonderful.

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. The docents love speaking with guests and answering any questions they may have! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and we hope to see you again! Please visit our website to see our latest programming at the museums. More

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

It was neat seeing the home and grounds, but they are so serious. They could make it a little more lighthearted, I think. They also make you put all your stuff including your cell phone in a little locker. Ummm, that stuff is expensive and what if there's an emergency? It was interesting to see one house. Too bad I... More

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

The Aiken-Rhett House Museum is nearing 200 years of age, and our docents’ top priorities are the safety of the visitors and the museum, and the polices in place have been designed with our guests in mind and are also museum industry best practices. Also, we have implemented a no photography policy because one of our top priorities is to... More

Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Thsi historical house in Charleston was interesting because we were able to tour the outlying buildings but disappointing in the fact that so little of actual house had under gone restoration. The ability to walk thru the house at our own pace will listening to the audio tour was great.

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Historic C, Owner at Aiken-Rhett House, responded to this review

Built in 1820 and greatly expanded by Governor and Mrs. William Aiken Jr. in the 1830’s, the Aiken-Rhett House Museum and its outbuildings survive in a condition that depicts the way they have changed and evolved over time. The property allows visitors to explore the interconnections among all member of the Aiken household, both free and enslaved. The Aikens enjoyed... More

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