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Nathaniel Russell House

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Address: 51 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: +1 843-724-8481
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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The Foundation welcomes visitors to explore daily life in one of...
The Foundation welcomes visitors to explore daily life in one of Charleston's most exquisite dwellings. Located in Downtown Charleston near High Battery, the Nathaniel Russell House Museum, 51 Meeting Street, is widely recognized as one of America's most important neoclassical dwellings. Historic Charleston Foundation purchased the National Historic Landmark in 1955, and the house served as the Foundation's headquarters for 37 years. Today, the interiors are restored to their original 1808 grandeur and surrounded by formal gardens.
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Great tour

This is an excellent choice to visit--good docents, and very interesting historic home. Really captures Charleston of yesteryear!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Staunton, Virginia
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Staunton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent choice to visit--good docents, and very interesting historic home. Really captures Charleston of yesteryear!

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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Interesting look into the old Charleston home of one of the original slave traders. It boasts an amazing staircase and other architectural features of note.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. The home is lovely and the restoration is amazing. Thank you to all who have orchestrated such a thoughtful and expensive task of preserving this site. Our guide was good. It is so pleasant to have a guide who speaks clearly so all can hear. She obviously knew a lot about the research that has... More 

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Aventura, Florida
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Beautiful home and gardens. Nice tour - very interesting way to see how people lived in those times. Unusual staircase and architecture.

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Dallas, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I have a strong appreciation for old homes, architecture, and furnishings so I was really excited to tour the Nathaniel Russel House. After visiting the Calhoun Mansion, this was a total letdown. There are "period pieces" in the home (probably fewer than 25) but only one was original. The guides know a basic history of the home but use many... More 

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Linton, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

To me the staircase in this home was the best part. Loved hearing the history behind the house and seeing some period pieces of furniture and china.It was also very interesting to hear how they go about figuring out the paint colors from that time period for preservation.It was a interesting tour and our guide was very knowledgeable. It's a... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Really loved this tour and was really worth the time. Antone who enjoys history, beautiful architecture so include this to their visit to Charleston.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The restoration has been beautifully done. Additionally there is much to be learned about the lifestyle in noting the furnishings and asking questions of your guide. The suspended staircase is truly worth the visit.

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Milwaukee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

But unfortunately the lighting was a little too dim. For a first-time visit we were very curious as to the furnishings, china, architecture, but had a hard time seeing most details. The greeter was very lovely and welcoming. The docent was knowledgeable and spoke clearly. We were, however, disappointed in the limitations of what we actually toured, the very dim... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The curator has done a superb job of presenting the outstanding collection of local furnishings in this house against its backdrop of ornate woodwork and decor. A showplace of the best that wealth could buy when Charleston was in its hey day, the house is a must for any visitor to the historic district.

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