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Aiken-Rhett House

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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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Prepared to be disappointed; wound up impressed

I'm so used to glitzy, polished house museums (being from the land of the duPont Chateau) that when I walked into the first room of the tour with its few sticks of dilapidated... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I'm so used to glitzy, polished house museums (being from the land of the duPont Chateau) that when I walked into the first room of the tour with its few sticks of dilapidated furniture and complete lack of preservation, I was a taken aback. However, by the time I reached the one restored room at the end of the audio... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

It's very rare to find something historical that hasn't been restored, and I really liked that about this house-museum. The audio tour was informative and perfect for this setting. It was interesting to learn about the people who owned the house and get a sense of how the different generations lived, and sad but also interesting to see the stark... More 

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Clermont, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The tour of this historic home includes headphones and an MP3 player. Listening to the recording was informative and made the tour more meaningful. The home is in sad shape. While it is interesting to see the original finishes, I wonder how long the property will be able to last without some renovations. An interesting tour. I would recommend it.

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Good Hope
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

From the outside we expected the house to be more restored than it was, especially considering how much we paid to enter. Yes, I must admit.....it was great to see the real thing, rather than a duplicate. In the back of my head, I kept thinking that having a house restored in the Charleston area must be extremely expensive. It's... More 

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Pickerington, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This house was preserved, not restored, therefore be aware there is no air conditioning. Very very informative history of Governor Aiken, slavery, and the Civil War.

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australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The house has been left untouched, so the urban slave quarters and work rooms, plus the upstairs rooms were "as was left" but preserved. From a museum point of view, more natural. It is an audio tour. We visited on a very hot day so went early ( opens at 10am) ... No air conditoning , but fans working. Due... More 

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Bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The Aiken-Rhett House is amazing. Although the family had money, they considered it in bad taste to show it. Thus, the house settled into the history of Charleston. It has been stabilized, but not restored to it's original beauty. It is like a Southern Matron.

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Clinton, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Be sure to check to see if this site is open. Often closes in the afternoon due to hot weather as there is no air conditioning. I should have planned this for a morning activity as both afternoons I tried to go it was closed.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We loved this place. Excellent suggestion by our tour guide. A bit hard to find, but completely worth it. The experience the 6 of us had here is hard to explain. We felt connected to the house and grounds. Would put it on a don't miss list of things to do in the city!

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I absolutely adored this house. I love audio tours and this was the only house we toured in Charleston that offered that feature. We saw the stables, privies, slave quarters, the piazza, several rooms in the home, and learned a lot of interesting details about the Aiken-Rhett family. If the walls could talk I'm sure they'd have a lot to... More 

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Address: 48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: +1 843-723-1159
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
Open Hours:
Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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