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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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Venice, Ca
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128 reviews 128 reviews
45 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Clean nice bathrooms and lockers available. Audio tour was informative, and not too long or too short. It was a perfect stop after breakfast. The free trolley takes you right near this attraction. You can buy a combo ticket for the Aiken-Rhett and Nathaniel Russell house for $6 more, which I recommend. It's a unique contrast between a home that... More

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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We have done the walking tours and explored Charleston. We have been to a few of the homes which some were disappointing and expensive the Aiken-Rhett home was priced fairly and an amazing home that is almost entirely available for your exploration. The home is preserved not restored so you truly see the past. the home is a great audio... 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. 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

Cranford, New Jersey
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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

They give you a tiny mp3 player and invite you to follow the audio tour. There are docents available to answer questions. At the moment, the place is in disrepair and not much to see in the working areas/slave quarters. You do get to tour the outside grounds, as well as the first and second floors of the house (which... More

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

Built in 1820 and greatly expanded by Governor and Mrs. William Aiken Jr. in the 1830’s, the Aiken-Rhett House Museum and its outbuildings survive in a condition that depicts the way they have changed and evolved over time. The property allows visitors to explore the interconnections among all member of the Aiken household, both free and enslaved. The Aikens enjoyed... More

Memphis, Tennessee
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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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

Richmond, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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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

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

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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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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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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74 reviews 74 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 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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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

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