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Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
+1 843-723-1159
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Ranked #13 of 112 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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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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florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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

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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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

When it was built, the Aiken Rhett house and property was a plantation situation on the outskirts of Charleston proper but not as far out as the big country plantations. The family lived there always. When they left, it was basically left in situ - so it hasn't been gussied up or restored, like Nathaniel Russell house or any of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Although this house is quietly tucked away from the immediate downtown area, go here for sure! This was easily the highlight of the homes we toured in CHS - it is preserved not renovated like most of the other houses you will tour; it was left untouched for decades and is the textbook definition of urban decay. Simply amazing to... More

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Unteraegeri
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141 reviews 141 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Very friendly and helpful staff, even when we arrived at an awkward time while they were preparing for a major event. They let us visit every room and patiently explained the historic connotation.

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summerville, south carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

beautifully decorated enjoyed this visit very much and would recommend went around christmas time and enjoyed seeing how christmas was in the 1800's

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Loudonville, Ohio, United States
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The home is preserved, not restored. You will find beautiful woodwork, buildings, and art work. I can just imagine being a child and having grown up in such a beautiful home. I would have thought I owned the world! The marble steps are timeworn and you can just feel the history when you step on them. You will get an... More

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Cerritos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

What a beautiful, unrestored house. It's so very easy to close your eyes and imagine with it must have looked like in it's hayday.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I visited the Aiken Rhett house on Monday and it is as wonderful as it was the first time I saw it 5 years ago. The unrestored approach they've taken in presenting this house as an artifact of another, really many other eras, is truly brilliant. The crumbling wallpaper. The plaster falling off the ceilings here and there. The surfeit... 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

Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We toured 4 other homes, and this was the only one to have an audio tour. This was very informative and easy to navigate through the house with, at your own pace. This was the only house to be left "preserved" rather than restored, and so it looked a little sad given the centuries that have passed, but it was... 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

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