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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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Amazing view of the past!

We really enjoyed the tour here, as it shows a preserved state, not a restored state. Having the out buildings and courtyard still set as they were made it really reflective of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
JoeFonthill
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Fonthill, Ontario
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Fonthill, Ontario
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95 reviews 95 reviews
51 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the tour here, as it shows a preserved state, not a restored state. Having the out buildings and courtyard still set as they were made it really reflective of how it was to live there and allows you to really add in your imagination of the time period. So many other buildings like this in Charleston and... More 

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

Joe, 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... More 

New Hampshire
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73 reviews 73 reviews
13 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I am sure people want different things when they visit historical houses, but this house just lacked that something. Very little furniture and not restored. I guess we expect too much. Just not that interesting.

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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 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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101 reviews 101 reviews
49 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Minimally furnished and not over-restored. The architectural features and wallpapers were prominent. Seemed to be the only urban house museum with the kitchens/stables and slave quarters above preserved and those were particularly interesting. Even had the corner privy buildings.

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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 slave quarters definitely provide a historical perspective that is rare to find in many house museums. 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 house museums. More 

virginia
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249 reviews 249 reviews
114 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Just not quite ready for tourists. Hurricane damage significant. Visit to appreciated the structure. It was grand in its time. Consider your tour a vote for its future. It was part of our tour ticket, and close to the NC Museum and Marigault House.

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

Since 1995, the Foundation has worked to conserve and preserve the historic layers of the past rather than restore the mansion to a specific moment in time. Many guests walk away from the house feeling like they have stepped back in time because of how well the house has been preserved. We hope that you will consider returning in the... More 

Clifton Park, New York
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260 reviews 260 reviews
78 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

If you have seen the Nathaniel Russell house, you will get a different perspective here. And if you DID keep your receipt, you can visit here for $6. Deal!! The audio tour seems to keep people moving, which is good. We came here on a rainy day, and realized that everyone else in Charleston had the same idea. This place... 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 

Solomon, Kansas
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89 reviews 89 reviews
30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

It is amazing that this house was occupied by the same family from the early 1800s to the 1970s. They closed off much of the house so that it remained unchanged and kept the slave quarters and stables in back in tact. The makes it a rare experience and well worth a visit.

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

Markels, 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 house museums. More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Pulled up right in front of house to park. It's one-hour parking, but the docent says the area is rarely ticketed. The self-guided recorder allows you to pause to enjoy the house at your leisure. Not restored--only the small art gallery is in great condition--but somehow that allows you to see the place for what it was. It's easy to... 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. If you let your imagination run, this house can really come to life! 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 house museums. More 

SEATTLE
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This faded gem was interesting because not much had been changed since the Civil War era. You can see slave quarters, stables, privies as well as a house in rather remarkably poor condition. It has not been "fixed up" just preserved. It is interesting from a historical as well as architectural perspective.

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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. 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... More 

Denver, Colorado
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I loved this very old house, it has been through more than I thought possible. It was a real treat to be able to see the interior that has actually been preserved, not restored and to me that was more special and less common. But why is it less common? I am not sure. For example, wall paper is peeling.... 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 

Natick
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you want an updated, shinny impersonation of a historic home you will be disappointed. This is an authentic, preserved jewel that brings you back in time. It is a self guided 45 minute audio tour with docents available to answer your questions. You will tour the main house, warming kitchen, kitchen, slave quarters, stalls and carriage house. I wouldn't... 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. If we do have a day where it is too hot or too cold to tour we close the 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... More 

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