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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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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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A living piece of history.

This house hasn't been restored, but rather preserved. It's a little spooky since it's showing it's 200 plus years of wear. It was my favorite.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2012
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

This house hasn't been restored, but rather preserved. It's a little spooky since it's showing it's 200 plus years of wear. It was my favorite.

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Woodstock, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

This house has not been restored but has been preserved. You take a 45 minute audio tour through the house and grounds. The house is not air conditioned. Visitors see the slave quarters with kitchen and laundry. There are only 7 properties left in the US where you can see slave quarters the way they were in the 1800's. The... More 

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florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

We love audio tours where we can see a historic site at our own pace. The Aiken Rhett house was very interesting and the staff was very friendly and informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

If you want to see old, original details, this is a great house. It was in the same family for most of it's existence, and when it wasn't, many parts were closed off and not used. It has many original fixtures such as wall paper, lights, and furniture. The tour is a self-guided recording, so you can go through the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

This was my favorite house I toured in Charleston. It was delightful to use my imagination as to what might have been, rather than see period pieces carefully in place. The slave quarters and other outbuildings were very interesting. The ballroom must have been exquisite in it's day, it still is in it's own way.

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great midwest
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

My husband and I were both so impressed with this tour - it is literally like stepping back into time! We loved that we could see everything, including the stables, complete with the carriages the women used in Charleston, and the kitchen and fancy privies. I was amazed that the ballroom still has the original wallpaper and mirrors from the... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

I enjoyed visiting this house! I have been to a few in Charleston so far but this one was my favorite. I like the fact that you get to hear the history of the house and that it seems to reflect its original state. You get to see more of the house than other tours provide. We parked on the... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

The Aiken-Rhett House is fairly unique, in my experience, in that you are largely seeing the effects that time, weather, and relative impecunity will have on what was once a grand home. Therefore, you will NOT see a beautifully restored mansion in which you can imagine gorgeously gowned debutantes swirling through a ballroom. Instead, you will see the remnants of... More 

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Waleska, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

Enjoyed this tour. Wish we could have seen the kitchen and bed rooms.

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Florida
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Buying a combo ticket allows access to two properties. It was interesting to compare the two homes, one restored and one not. The Aiken Rhett is just a few blocks from the downtown visitor's center adn an easy walk. Walk back and take the trolley to see The Nathaniel Russell House. It is elegant!

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