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Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
+1 843-723-1159
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Ranked #13 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The Aiken Rhett house is a preserved and unrestored home that was family occupied for over 150 years. Tours are self guided with an audio accompaniment explaining the various rooms and life in the 1800's. The property is considered an urban plantation which includes two out buildings; a kitchen / laundry building and a stable. Both had slave quarters above... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This was a wonderful glimpse into American history. This tour will definitely enlighten you and hopefully change you for the better no matter your race.

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Ft. Lauderdale
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We did the Nathaniel Russell / Aiken-Rhett Tour combo and of the two, I personally, loved the Aiken-Rhett best. I suppose that is due to the fact we toured the kitchen / warming areas, the stable, servants quarters, as well as the main house which really let you appreciate the age of the property in its unrestored condition. I would... More

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Richmond
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

I was very excited to view this lovely historic home during our family's vacation to Charleston. This lovely home itself did not disappoint. The self guided tour was very well done and interesting. However my own experience was destroyed by the condescending and harsh manner of the staff. I was initially told to put my camera bag in a locker... More

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

We are glad you enjoyed your tour of the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, and we appreciate your feedback. We take all concerns seriously, and we are always working to improve the visitor’s experience. Our docents are rigorously trained to treat each guest with the highest respect. At the same time, with thousands of visitors each year, they must always be vigilant... More

Brooklyn, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is really a must see when you are in Charleston. The audio guide is fantastic and the staff are wonderful. As you walk through the house it's like travelling back in time. We chatted with Barbara who was extremely knowledgeable about the house. Also Sarah was great getting us set up with our audio tour. Highly recommend.

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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

florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The historical society did a great job. I enjoyed seeing these houses more than Boone Hall Plantation.

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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

Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

One of my favorite houses in Charleston because it is a preservation and not restoration. The Historic Charleston Foundation has done a great job at preserving the layers of this house and explaining to guests how it changed throughout it's history. The house offers a glimpse into the life of the slaves by seeing the kitchen house, slave quarters, and... 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

Pensacola, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Step back in time. No air in this home. You can imagine what it was like in the summer with no A/C and wearing a long dress. The tour was outstanding. The foundation has done an amazing job with maintaining the property. I really enjoyed this home. Great gift shop also.

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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

Baton Rouge,Louisiana
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123 reviews 123 reviews
55 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The Rhett family was and is a very prominent family in Beaufort and Charleston history and this house is a testament to this and to the way history has unfolded for the South. This house is reminiscent of Drayton Hall in that a large part of it is open without modern AC and somewhat as it was in past generations.... 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

Aiken, South Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

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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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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