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Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
+1 843-723-1159
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Ranked #14 of 104 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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Aiken, South Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

A well preserved home. Docents give you a headset and you can spend as much time in each area as you like. Really gives you a feel of what Charleston wealthy people were like.

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Washington, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Well worth the admission!!!! Will visit again. I wish I had had time to ask the docents more questions. They were wonderful.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

It was neat seeing the home and grounds, but they are so serious. They could make it a little more lighthearted, I think. They also make you put all your stuff including your cell phone in a little locker. Ummm, that stuff is expensive and what if there's an emergency? It was interesting to see one house. Too bad I... More

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

The Aiken-Rhett House Museum is nearing 200 years of age, and our docents’ top priorities are the safety of the visitors and the museum, and the polices in place have been designed with our guests in mind and are also museum industry best practices. Also, we have implemented a no photography policy because one of our top priorities is to... More

Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Thsi historical house in Charleston was interesting because we were able to tour the outlying buildings but disappointing in the fact that so little of actual house had under gone restoration. The ability to walk thru the house at our own pace will listening to the audio tour was great.

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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

Meridian, Idaho
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This house was a "city farm", with a carriage barn, slave quarters, and a house that was far enough from the harbor to be out of shelling range so it has been preserved rather than restored. If you do not want to do a lot of stairs, visit the main floor rooms and then ask to see the "photo book".... 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

Hamburg, Michigan
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68 reviews 68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

It's a beautiful old home, right in town, and if you go to the museum, you can get a 3-ticket for the museum, A-R House and one other home. Beautiful surrounds, and an interesting guided tour throughout the home.

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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

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Moved to Charleston about six months ago, and this was the first home I visited. I absolutely love this house! I also love the fact that the Charleston Historic Society here decided to preserve and maintain the home instead of completely restoring it. It leaves a lot to the imagination and makes me think about what this beautiful home looked... 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

Chicago, Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Aiken-Rhett House is a little off the beaten path. It is still in central Charleston, just a few blocks north of Calhoun (very close to the Charleston museum). Unlike the other house we toured (Nathaniel-Russell), this house has not been restored, rather it has remained untouched. It's nice to see both - in the good condition that it would... 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

des12404
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Although the staff were very accommodating, this house left you with a feeling of neglectful curators. They continually tell you that they are not "restoring" the property, just "maintaining" it. A bit of restoration is sorely needed. There are carriages in the stable area that will soon be beyond repair if some sort of restoration is not done to halt... 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

williamsburg
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

If you like old and to really see what the homes looked like way back when before some renovated them it was a good history lesson!

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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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