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Address: 48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: +1 843-723-1159
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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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I had read mixed reviews about Aiken-Rhett House, but I've got to say, it was one of my favorite sites in Charleston. I would highly recommend getting the combo ticket with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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San Diego, California
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I had read mixed reviews about Aiken-Rhett House, but I've got to say, it was one of my favorite sites in Charleston. I would highly recommend getting the combo ticket with Nathaniel Russell house. You can use either one any time. There is a big contrast between the two homes. A-R has remained untouched, so the wallpaper is tattered, and... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Interesting to tour this mansion with slave quarters in back yard are also on tour. I mentioned restoration needed but that is based on my tour experience 3 yrs ago. Perhaps it has already been done. Easy to walk to from downtown lodging.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We visited this place at about 330pm on a Tuesday. We were on the self tour with another couple who had started just after us. The idea of a self guided tour is typically you take yourself around and look at your leasure...not here. We were watched from the start and rushed from about the middle of the tour. When... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

I absolutely loved touring this house. It was amazing to see the rooms and yard much like it would have been 150 years ago! Very cool! The ONLY thing I didn't like about it were the headphones they give you for the tour (but I'm just a germaphobe so I won't let that muddy my review!).

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We were given a free ticket to the tour and we were glad that we went. Not real history buffs but interesting anyway.

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cramerton, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We booked a hotel package with several house tours. All were good and a nice break from heat. So much history in this city!

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Plymouth, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I've been to visit plenty of antebellum homes and plantations, but this one was different and very interesting. The house has not been restored, but you can see how the entire household functioned, with stables and kitchen in separate building in back of the main home. It was a good option for a rainy morning in Charleston!

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Calgary, AB Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The house history is meaty and the tour quite interesting. Staff were friendly and the tour not expensive. We hit many of the house tours and this one was good.

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florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Maybe worth a walk by, but nothing more. Home is a bit run down, preservation is lacking some up keep, maybe that is on the schedule. After visiting a few of the older homes, you start to notice some lack regular maintenance, and this is one of them.

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France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This house is presented in the raw so that visitors can see how it evolved thru the centuries since it was built. The audio guide is clear and informative and the docents are very helpful and knowlegable.

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Additional Information about Aiken-Rhett House

Address: 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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