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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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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Great place to visit

I really enjoyed this house, you take a self guided tour with very interesting and informative audio guide. Staff are on hand throughout the house to answer any questions.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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South Florida, Florida
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89 reviews 89 reviews
12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The tour books (and the sign on the door) said that the house was open until 5::00 pm and that the last tour begins at 4:45 pm. We arrived exactly at 4:43 and the door was locked. We knocked and the door was answered by a woman who told us the house was closed and that the last tour had... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed this house, you take a self guided tour with very interesting and informative audio guide. Staff are on hand throughout the house to answer any questions.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Words can't express it. Go see it. We saw the outside while on the Palmetto Carriage tour. We loved seeing the grand historical homes with elegant gates, porticos, and gardens.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

A great self guided tour of the house and slaves quarters . Has not been restored and looks very authentic . Don't miss it!!!

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Orlando, Florida
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Coming from and architectural firm point of view, this was probably my favorite house. It has been left in as original state as possible. It hot been restored at all. Still have the original house and some of the original out-buildings. This a "Self-Guided" tour via head phones. You can pause the recorded message at any time and take as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is a somewhat worn plantation home with complete masters' quarters, stables, slave quarters (simply presented), and an excellent art gallery with both paintings and sculpture. Further restoration is under way to restore fine wall paper and plaster, but the architecture and recorded tour guidance provide very good historical grounding in SC life before the Civil War.

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San Diego
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Yes, it is empty and there is a lot of damage (especially from Hugo about 26 years ago) but the self-guided tour (with audio) is great and seeing all of the house, slave quarters and carriage house was fascinating. You can fill in the blanks how it used to look and appreciate the history of it. Both my husband and... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Interesting they are just preserving the house instead of restoring, but it is real nice to see that as a contrast to other homes out there. Saw in 1992 and what a difference. Still very impressive

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Pompton Plains, NJ
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The home is not restored except for the art gallery. Because of that, it is a different experience from the other historic homes that have been restored, such as Nathaniel Russell house. Exterior of the house and porch is beautiful. Original slave quarters, kitchen, stable, and privy were very interesting, as was the interior of the home, where original wallpaper... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This tour is difficult to rate. It is fascinating to see as it is a house in a normal neighborhood that has been left as it was after the civil war. It provides a great historical perspective as you feel like you are walking through time. On the other hand, it is self guided and if you take a wrong... More 

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