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Aiken-Rhett House

Address: 48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: +1 843-723-1159
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Ranked #14 of 204 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Monticello, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Wow, what an amazing piece of history. Very thorough tour, and really interesting. Loved being able to see the entire grounds and almost every nook and cranny of the house. Really amazing to picture the culture during that time period and if you watch Downton Abbey, you will find yourself picturing real life happening inside this house.

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Smithtown, New York
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We enjoyed our audio tour of the Aiken-Rhett House. Although we understand it is being preserved and not restored. We would have enjoyed it better had restoration taken place. It would have been nice to see partial restoration of each room of this plantation. Let the fund-raising begin!

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Medford, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Wonderful tour of a period home. Docent was interesting and most knowledgeable. You left with a clear understand of the family and lifestyle of the times.

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New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Wonderful and evocative former urban plantation. Full of the ghosts of history. The fact that it is not renovated makes visiting a more powerful experience.

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Augusta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We loved this home because it has not been renovated yet, and you are able to see very clearly the materials used to build it and there are many original pieces left in the home. I stood in the upstairs ballroom and could just imagine a party there 200 some odd years ago. The kitchen is interesting as were the... More 

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Jacksonville,FL
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I love that this house is in preservation rather than restoration! It was a sound guided tour. It is not all done up but it is original without being ruined. I want to go back to see it after more of the preservation is done!

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Little Falls, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I always enjoy a good historic house museum tour, and this one is very well done! We learned so much. One of the docents was very engaging and answered all of my questions- and I always have a million! I was disappointed in only two things: the other docent rocked back and forth on his card table chair while reading... 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 will continue to review our customer service policies with our docents to ensure that all guests in the future will feel warmly welcomed and comfortable. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit, and we invite you to come back to see us soon! More 

Northern Virginia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

After seeing so many gorgeous Charleston historic homes, it's eye opening to see this "preserved" rather than restored gem of a house. Most of us forget that most restored homes were brought back from death's door with millions of donated dollars and years of work. To view a house whose interior has purposely been left in stable, but mostly dilapidated... 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 

New Hartford, Connecticut
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This house is in original but rather sad condition. Just goes to show you what the weather and elements can do to a house. As a history lesson this house is it! I had a rather sad feeling, walking through what must have been someones love and passion, but they are now long gone and the house is a shadow... 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. 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... More 

Chesterville, Ontario, Canada
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106 reviews 106 reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Loved this tour. I enjoyed seeing the house as it was in the grand old days. Some amazing architectural features. The uniqueness of an urban plantation was interesting, as well as the slave quarters, and learning the different slave conditions in urban and rural settings. The audio tour is informative. Staff was friendly. Visited with our 10 and 11 year... More 

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

Francoise, 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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