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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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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 NEW

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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Mt Joy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This is the best example of a city plantation in the world. Great tour with head phone at your own pace. I don't think that you will a better old house in original condition anywhere else like this one.

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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This is an unusual idea in historic houses: leave it as it was when the Foundation bought it. It's like walking through someone's abandoned house (actually, it IS that), so you can really see things as they were. Like the slave quarters. And the kitchen. The stables. The rooms in the main house that were closed off for years -... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I realize that others have found this house to be worth visiting, but I was very disappointed. Although it was interesting to visit the slave quarters, the house itself is an example of the conserve rather than restore philosophy. What this means is that virtually nothing has been done to the house in many, many years, and it's basically a... More 

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West Dennis, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is a fascinating look into the realm of the rich and famous of the 1800's. The building is being maintained as it was given to the historical society........ peeling paint and all! For an old building fanatic this is a peek into the past!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

So little has been done to this beautiful home over the centuries, the ghosts of past residents (servant & master) linger everywhere. Not so much a museum as a way-back machine. I'd go here, first.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We did the self-guided tour and it was really nice... The audio was easy to keep up with and explained things nicely. The furniture was period peices and overall it left us with a good idea of how it would have looked over a hundred years ago! I think it was around $12. Beware there is no AC so I... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Pros: picturesque house; close by Charleston Museum Cons: can be difficult to find parking; most of the parking spaces I found was the 1 hour resident permit only parking.

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North Reading, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I know the organization that operates this historic plantation house wants us to know what it originally looked like (wallpaper, paint, etc but it is so run down it loses its appeal...even if it is historically OK.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed the Aiken-Rhett house very much. It was an hour-long audio tour. The house was fascinating and we really enjoyed that the home was being conserved in its current state, not restored to its former glory.

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