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Nathaniel Russell House

Address: 51 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)
Phone Number: +1 843-724-8481
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Ranked #14 of 107 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The Foundation welcomes visitors to explore daily life in one of Charleston's most exquisite...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Holly Springs, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

We toured the Nathaniel Russel house about noon on a Tuesday. We had a small group. Our docent was very informative, with a very understated but unique sense of humor. We learned additional history of Charleston that we had not picked up from our carriage ride and walking tour. Very enjoyable, and well worth it.

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Asheboro, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

It was interesting but after seeing mansions like the Breakers and Biltmore, it was a little disappointing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We have toured this house many times with family and friends from other parts of the country. Our tour guide today, Nancy Dynes, was by far the best guide we have had while on the tour. Her enthusiasm, depth of knowledge, flexibility with questions and personality made this a great experience. Our group was diverse - young children, people from... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This house was our favorite in Charleston. The home is very beautiful and the staff was wonderful. We enjoyed learning the history of the families who lived here. The guide made them come to life, as if we knew them. Great Great Great!

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Had a very informative guide. Kids asked lots of questions and she happily answered all of them. The staff was friendly and chatty. House is attractive

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

a wonderfully restored piece of antebellum architecture/history. well-presented tour that addresses not only the house but the role of its inhabitants in the history of Charleston. very enjoyable

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Oxford, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We recently toured this home while on a short vacation and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our tour guide was very informative. The house was beautiful. I would definitely recommend touring it!

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clearwater fl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The home was beautiful, filled with period furniture. The staircase is a work of art and craftmanship. The guide was knowledgeable about the home and furniture and about the family would have used the furniture. I always think it's fascinating to see how the upper class lived back then.

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Townville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

This home is filled with beautiful period furniture and architectural details that we don't typically have the opportunity to see. The staircase was indeed magnificent. The guide was wonderful and full of historic information about the family and the home. This tour pairs very well with the Aiken-Rhett home which has been left in a state of preservation. The Nathaniel... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Nathaniel was a merchant who dealt in slaves. The house is very beautiful and the guide was entertaining and well informed. The issue of slavery was dealt with well. Recommend this tour.

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