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Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
+1 843-723-1159
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Ranked #15 of 107 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Larbert
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

It was great to be able to see an antebellum mansion in its original state. The audio tour was really helpful.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is a fascinating insight into the lives of 19th century Charlestonians. We visit a large number of historical homes yearly, but the preservation of this one, rather than the restoration, makes it really stand out. It is much more atmospheric and makes it much easier to envision the people who would have lived there. It is also intriguing to... More

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Instead of listening to a volunteer give a tour, an extremely detailed audio tour was offered. Very easy to follow directions guided you within the house and to the outside grounds. I highly recommend this tour. Really showed how the home, the yard and the slaves' quarters really were.

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Avondale, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the house tour. The guide was very informative. We learned a lot about the history of the original owner and his family.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Thanks to a truly excellent audio-guide, the Aiken-Rhett House is everything I love about historical places. In addition to getting a glimpse of the fancy life of wealthy city folk, the property maintained the old slave quarters complete with the kitchens which hum with their history. The Aiken-Rhett from what I understand, is also one of the few places to... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is a self guided tour with audio/headphones. Very detailed. I love the fact that the house has not been restored but preserved. Fascinating. To think the house was occupied by a descendant (she was 81!) until the 1970's!

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california
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We visited Charleston mid-Sept 2014, and bought the 2-day Charleston Heritage Passport (includes entrance to this home, other historic homes and plantations and Charleston Museum.) The audio tour at Aiken-Rhett was well-done. As other reviews state, the home interior is not restored. Most interesting are the slave quarters and carriage house.

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toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Kids might find this a bit weird as the house has been preserved in its original state – peeling wallpaper & paint, very old furniture [little left] but that is what is so great to see. What it was really like! Great big house and visit inside the slaves quarters in the rear. The admission includes a free audio headset... More

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Waterloo, Belgium
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Nice visit. Home contains some furnishings so you get a better feel of its use while people were living there. Included in the admission fee is a headset which explains the different areas of the property and their usage, including the slave house, kitchen and stables. A short walk from the tourist welcome center, but a bit of a walk... More

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Hueytown, Alabama
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

amazing and knowledgeable tour guides. friendly and approachable staff. easy to get to. reasonably priced. plenty of times to choose from.

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