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Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
+1 843-723-1159
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Ranked #14 of 106 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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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

As a history lover I appreciated the idea that it has changed little over the years of its existence. I loved the idea of standing in the rooms looking at things the way they were 150+ years ago. It's wonderful that they are conserving the house instead of "fixing" it up. (Although I do wonder about some of their techniques,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This place is superb and really fired up my imagination - from the original slave quarters to the decaying carriages in the carriage house it feels like a slice of old Charleston that's totally unchanged. In a city where most other houses have been heavily restored, this house has a very different feel and seems very old and shabby by... More

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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109 reviews 109 reviews
27 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Aiken- Rhett home is one that has been preserved but not restored. This shows so much about the home that is interesting. The problem I have with restoration is they have to pick an era to use, these old homes lived through several eras. This was a M3 player tour. I much prefer a narrator. But is worth the... More

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

Richard, many guests prefer the audio over a guided tour because it allows them to move at their own pace throughout the museum. Docents are positioned throughout the property to answer any additional questions guests may have. Thank you for the review, and we hope you will come back and visit us again! More

Berlin, Germany
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This house is preserved not restored, and gives a special look at the life that once was here. The slave quarters are particularly striking, better than most but still a contrast to the main house. The textures and colors as well as the excellent audio self guided tour made this memorable.

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

We are glad you had a memorable experience at 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... More

Canton, Georgia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

You are given headphones to view and tour this home. It is very well preserved and not restored which is nice. You are guided to walk through the slave quarters and the yard and view the stables. It is a very nice tour and there are people here and there to assist you if you are "lost" which is hard... More

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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

Piscataway, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This was an excellent tour of a preserved period home with a great history to it. The tour even included slave quarters that were attached to the property. Great tour for history buffs.

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

Phillip, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. The slave quarters are definitely a guest favorite! 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

Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

WOW, so beautiful! This self guided, audio recorded tour was like taking a step back in time, the house was so unique instead of being renovated it was preserved, so that you may try and see it as it was during its time when it was lived in. My favorite room was the art room, but the whole house was... More

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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

Tybee Island, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This was a great place to visit. It was preserved not restored. This gave us a much better perspective of the construction, the usages of each room and placed in history.

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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

Freehold, New Jersey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The self guided tour was interesting. The docents not very friendly. One of them took the MP3 player right out of my hand when I was having trouble getting it started and was not very pleasant to me. This is a preserved home that has not been restored. We bought the combination ticket to save and see a restored home... More

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

Lynn,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. We will continue to review our customer service policies with our docents to ensure that... More

Birmingham, Alabama
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We found this place while walking and viewing the historical homes. Great history and a must see if you enjoy seeing the historical homes.

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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

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