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Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
+1 843-723-1159
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Ranked #13 of 96 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique in many ways. For example, it...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This tour is self guided so you are in no hurry and can start anytime. Many rooms have fallen into disrepair but your imagination can take you far. There is a LOT to see here. Everyone in our group was interested for the entire tour.

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Vienna
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A fair deal of disappointment. The majority of the rooms are in an awful condition (not restored). The story and the buildings are impressive and interesting. I didn‘t regret our visit, as I’m interested in historic buildings, but I wished that the impression of disrepair would not have prevailed.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This house was recommended to me by a friend who had visited one week earlier. She left it as a surprise me to find out that it was un-restored. It was interesting to see one of the grand homes in its bare bones state. The tour was self guided with an audio head set. There was a man next to... More 

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

An interesting tour. A very beautiful home at one time. You must use your imagination to see what it once was. Very pleasant tour guide.

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Kailua, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

My husband and I toured the Aiken-Rhett House in October. The tour guide was very good and informative. This was once a beautiful home, but is now in disrepair in many parts. They are not trying to repair it, but simply maintain it. It was historically interesting and worth seeing if you're planning on touring the Joseph Manigault House, which... More 

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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

It is truly an unrestored antique and it lets your imagination look into the past. The high ceilings and extra large rooms. The manner that they devised to escape the heat. The ball room. The house looks smaller from the outside and when you are on the inside it is gigantic.They give you headphones and an audio tour that includes... More 

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Saginaw, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The only room that is in good shape is the art gallery (and the exterior). The other rooms look like someone left and locked the doors 100 years ago. It is interesting though. Actually it is surprising that over all those years, no one threw away the pieces of upholstered furniture that are just rotting in place. I especially enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This is a MUST see if you visit Charleston. The self guided tour is GREAT! You get a real feel for the lifestyle of everyone that lived there. The staff was friendly and very helpful. I would definitely do this again!

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

Patti, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This sparsely furnished home needs more Foundation money for restoration/preservations and trained volunteers. While I appreciated the earphone info, it does not compare to a live person pointing out the particular history of a room or family history.

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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 

rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I like the idea that they give you had sets and you can walk around on your own and take your time. It's like stepping back in a time capsule everything just the way it was left in 1858

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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. Yes, the head sets are great because they allow you to move at your own pace! 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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