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Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
+1 843-723-1159
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Ranked #13 of 106 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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Memphis, Tennessee
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

What I loved about the Aiken-Rhett House is that it has been "preserved" and not restored. Yes, some people may say it looks "run down" but I think it is hauntingly beautiful and that is why I loved it. Original wall paper is still on the walls from the 1860s, cooking utensils are still in the kitchen and furniture is... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The indoor. outdoor self-guided tour was informative and easy. This is an excellent example of a preserved city home of plantation owners. It also has intact quarters where the enslaved workers lived. Easy walk from the Meeting Street/ Market St area.

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Coram, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed this house. It was informative to see the slave quarters and to see how people really lived in early Charleston. The porch or piazza was my favorite spot!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I liked that this tour was on an audio tape that you listened to, and you could go at your own pace. It went slow enough to easily keep up with the information while seeing everything in the house. There was a lot of different areas and rooms to see, with a lot of interesting information. I enjoyed the walk... 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. We are also pleased you enjoyed the audio over a guided tour, as many of our guests do! 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

Cincinnati, Ohio
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73 reviews 73 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

This self-led audio tour provides insight into urban slave experiences as well as that of the wealthy living here. We recommend this house tour, but also pairing it with Nathaniel Russell, as they are very different experiences.

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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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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I just learned that the Historic Charleston Foundation does Children's programs and we have now done two of the programs. We did the archeology class for kids at the Aiken-Rhett House. It was very nice, definitely geared towards my 6-year old, and held his attention. The young woman who led the class is quite good with children and was very... More

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

We are happy that you and your son had a wonderful experience with our children’s program. Thank you for leaving a review, and we hope to see you both again! Please visit our website to see what other specialized programs we have in store for the Aiken-Rhett House Museum! More

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We have visited many historic homes in Charleston itself as well as several plantations. This by far is the best tour and home that we have visited. It differs from many of the other homes in that everything you see is EXACTLY as it was when the family lived in the home. The aged wallpaper is original as are the... More

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

Kelly, we are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience at the Aiken-Rhett House! 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 house has been preserved.... More

Orlando, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We toured this home as part of a combined ticket with Middleton Place. This gargantuan home tour is self lead with headphones and an mp3 player. The home is not restored, it's being brought back to as close to what they believe it looked like originally with the funds they have available. So some of the materials are not completely... More

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

Many guests prefer the audio over a guided tour because it allows them to move at their own pace throughout the museum. Docents are positioned throughout the property to answer any additional questions guests may have. Thank you for the review, and we hope you will come back and visit us again! More

Miami
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Loved the audio tour - I learned so much. Some areas of the house (the art gallery) were completely preserved which was neat to see and some areas were not at all - what was nice was that there were photos of what some of those rooms looked like in its hey-day so you were able to see the difference.... 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

Maryland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a beautiful house to visit in Charleston. You receive headsets to listen to as you move from room to room and the information you receive is good. It does need to be updated a little as the surrounding area (schools) have changed but the history of the house is fascinating! They had a laminated paper to carry around... More

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

We are delighted that you and your child 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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