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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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The house is preserved but not restored which makes this place truly interesting. An audio tour takes you around at your own pace. Ten minutes or so walking distance from the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Scotland, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

The house is preserved but not restored which makes this place truly interesting. An audio tour takes you around at your own pace. Ten minutes or so walking distance from the historic district - well worth the walk. A must when in Charleston.

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Augusta, Georgia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

This was a 'preserved' house not 'restored' which means it is just the way the family left it years and years ago. So the majority of it was extremely old and worn. I loved that aspect of it but some won't I imagine. MP3 player was cool touch, allowed you to go at your own pace. Me and my boyfriend... More 

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Hamilton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

The tour of the Aiken-Rhett house was an audio tour so you could do it at your own pace. There were docents on each floor of the house to offer guidance if needed. The tour included many rooms of the house along with the slave quarters, kitchen, carriage house and stable. It was very enjoyable.

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Orange, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

I appreciate the preservation of these homes and the knowledge and presentation of the docents. There is so much history in South Carolina!

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

I really liked that this attraction was not overly renovated. We were given mp3 players and listened as they guided us through the house and outbuildings. An impressive urban plantation.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

This home is located near the visitor's center and so we decided to drop in because we were close by. We enjoyed the tour very much and the tour guide was knowledgeable. The history of the families and the time bring this house to life. Certainly worth a stop.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

The docents lead an excellent tour. Good stories and local knowledge help the house come alive. Stepping in to a cool house on a hot day you can imagine the family sipping iced tea while keeping a watchful eye on the courtin couple on the bench on the porch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

We visited this place as part of the Historical Home and Garden Tours. The house is not restored but gives one a honest view of a historical home. It's a little bit outside of all the other places to visit. We took a bicycle taxi so we got to see a lot of the city and ask questions on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This home (in what was the suburbs of Charleston) is preserved, not restored, and few furniture pieces remain. The tour is a self guided audio tour but docents are there to answer questions. There are some old photographs that give you an idea of what the rooms looked liked when the house was in its full glory. The slave quarters,... More 

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This self guided tour is very well done and gives you a good sense of life in that time period. Very authentic furnishings in the main house and the outbuildings were also part of the tour. Highly recommend this house tour.

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