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Aiken-Rhett House

Address: 48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: +1 843-723-1159
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Ranked #16 of 108 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The Aiken-Rhett house, is definitely the "house" to see if you plan to visit Charleston I am a local, but spent most of January touring all the houses, as the Museum offered a $25.00 pass for 11 locations for the month of January,. After visiting all the houses, I found this house to be the best in depicting the time... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Staff friendly and informative. You have a self guided audio tour which is included in the admission price. Saw slave quarters and well as house. Porch was closed due to a previous storm. Husband thought "tour" was too long.

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Oxford, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We recently toured this home while in Charleston. This house isn't restored, there aren't any furnishings. This tour is a self guided tour with a headset that tells you the history of the house and grounds as you tour it. There are employees around that can answer questions for you if you have any. We really enjoyed seeing the home... More 

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clearwater fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

This is an audio tour, which at first I didn't think would be as great as it was. The house is left unrestored, so you are able to get a glimpse at how it would have looked in it's prime. The audio aspect allows you to stop and look around if you choose. I thought the carriage house with the... More 

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Townville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is such a beautiful and educational tour. I Love that they have chosen to preserve this remarkable home and out buildings. This gives a first hand look at what life was truly like for both the rich and those who were slaves. Let your mind imagine what the original furnishings and details would have looked like. Our guide was... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

A friend and I decided to spend a day off being tourists in our own home. Aiken-Rhett was an attraction neither of us had been to so we added it to our day. I was particularly excited because I used to live half a block away and watched the course of the exterior restoration. We were immediately mesmerized by the... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is great, because it has not been fully restored so you can truly feel what it would have been to like to live in Charleston throughout its history. The history here is incredible and the headset tour does a great job of getting you through.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The house had been abandoned for some years before being acquired by the historical society. The have chosen to show it in its unrestored state. I found the house depressing. The commentary was interesting but overall I did not enjoy this. Isit.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I get the idea behind preserving the house versus restoration. However, it is in bad shape and detracts from the overall enjoyment and appreciation of the site. If hurricane Hugo had not wreaked such havoc on the house, preservation would make sense. However so much of what you see is damaged it is hard to get past that. I think... More 

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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 

Reston, VA
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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It's always a dilemma: is it better to conserve the old or restore it to its former glory? In this case they have opted for conservation, preserving the house in its current state. This does allow you to see old construction methods, but part of me really wanted to see it restored like the Russell house. Admission includes a first-rate... 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. Conserve versus restore is a great debate, which many cannot agree upon! 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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