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Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
843-723-1159
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Ranked #10 of 103 attractions in Charleston
Type: Historic Sites
Description: A historic house museum that is highly recommended.
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English first
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Please don't miss this historic plantation home near the heart of Charleston it's virtually untouched in certain parts of the house. They do a good job in taking you back to that time period. My teenager loved this too. You will love this stop on your vacation.

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North Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Would love to see this house restored like the Nathan Russell House. It's a large property with a building for horses and carriages and although it's being 'preserved', it's hard to imagine what it looked like inside in 1820. An easy walk from The Charleston Museum along the Wragg Mall. We purchased the discounted combination ticket which included the Nathan... More

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Sevenoaks, Kent
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

This is an architectural gem, all the more interesting for not having been restored. Good audio tour with sufficient info to let your imagination do the rest. A genuine feel to it, I felt we were touching the past (figuratively speaking, naturally!)

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Interesting to see inside one of the grand houses of Charleston and also the slave quarters. The audio tour was very good.My only criticism is that I would like to have seen a little more of how they think a house of this type may have been decorated and furnished.It was very bare and heartless.

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Summerville, South Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

This was a nice tour. You are guided by a head piece recording through out the house. Turns out to be a lot nicer then some of the personal guided tours I have been on. You can go as slow or fast as you life. Plus there are a few workers/volunteers around to ask questions. I enjoyed it very much.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This is a must see tour for perspective of an Urban Plantation. The facility is well kept and the audio tour gives perspective from different points of view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

What a wonderful delight it was just see this home. On the last day of our visit in Charleston we decided to go here before we left. I'm so glad we did. I was particularly interested in the slave quarters and I was able to walk through and observe what it must have been like to be a slave. I... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We could only drive by in our carriage ride. Would have loved to go inside. However, we enjoyed Nate's explanation.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is a walking tour with headphones, so you can pause the narrative at any time and proceed at your leisure. We had 5, 10, & 12 year old with us, and they were all good with the tour. The 5 year old got a little antsy. It was very informational, and very historically authentic.

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Nixa, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is a great place to see! Unlike the Nathaniel Russell House which is being meticulously refurbished this house is being preserved. The difference is that instead of being restored to pristine condition it is being kept the way it was toward the end of the period and here you sense the decline of the family and their fortunes. The... More

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