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Address: 48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: +1 843-723-1159
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Description: The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique in...
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.
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Plus and Minuses - Overall, an Enjoyable Historic House Experience

There are a few things that set the Aiken-Rhett House apart from the other historical houses you can tour in Charleston. They offer an audio tour, rather than a docent leading... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

There are a few things that set the Aiken-Rhett House apart from the other historical houses you can tour in Charleston. They offer an audio tour, rather than a docent leading the tour, which allows you to dictate the pacing and length of the tour. Instead of completely renovating and prettifying the whole building, there are a lot of things... More 

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Galveston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Great historical tour. Pleasant, friendly docents. Loved being able to use head phones and self tour. One of the highlights of our Charleston visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 697 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

There are so many historic places to see in Charleston, South Carolina, and some of the homes are the most interesting. Like the Governor William Aiken House or the Aiken-Rhett House or the Robinson-Aiken House at 48 Elizabeth Street. Built in 1820, it was the home of William Aiken, a railroad company owner, and later was the residence of his... More 

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This house is amaizing !!! One feels traveling back in time. The museum is unique in many ways. First, the house remained in the hands of family descendants for 142 years until it was sold to The Charleston Museum. Second, the fact that is was preserved and not restored makes this place special. When you buy the tickets they provided... More 

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warrenton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We went there for a special kids event and the staff was great, what a fun couple hours for our child. They did a mini tour of the house/stables/kitchen made a treat and there were two archaeologist there doing work and they took the time to share what they were doing and what they ahd found. This will be a... More 

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Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We purchased the combination ticket for both this house and the Russell house. This house offers headphones and a self guided tour that shares the history of the house. Lockers to store your bookbag were nice too. This house is not air conditioned, but they had fans running in most rooms since the Charleston summer was at 90+ degrees. We... More 

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Clifton, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We came on this tour because my daughter studied this house in her college history class. It was a very long tour but worth it. It was warm and had lots of stairs to climb up and down. If you are elderly or not able to do the stairs it wouldn't be worth it. The tour is done with headphones... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I'm so used to glitzy, polished house museums (being from the land of the duPont Chateau) that when I walked into the first room of the tour with its few sticks of dilapidated furniture and complete lack of preservation, I was a taken aback. However, by the time I reached the one restored room at the end of the audio... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

It's very rare to find something historical that hasn't been restored, and I really liked that about this house-museum. The audio tour was informative and perfect for this setting. It was interesting to learn about the people who owned the house and get a sense of how the different generations lived, and sad but also interesting to see the stark... More 

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Clermont, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The tour of this historic home includes headphones and an MP3 player. Listening to the recording was informative and made the tour more meaningful. The home is in sad shape. While it is interesting to see the original finishes, I wonder how long the property will be able to last without some renovations. An interesting tour. I would recommend it.

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