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Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
+1 843-723-1159
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Ranked #12 of 96 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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Kailua, Hawaii
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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

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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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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

florida
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21 attraction 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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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

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

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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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. Touring the home really does feel like a walk back in time. 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 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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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

Unteraegeri
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

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

Peter, 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

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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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. It's great to be able to imagine the home around Christmas time! 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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