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Nathaniel Russell House

51 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)
+1 843-724-8481
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Ranked #14 of 106 attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The Foundation welcomes visitors to explore daily life in one of Charleston's most exquisite dwellings. Located in Downtown Charleston near High... more » 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. « less
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Phoenix, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A well preserved home with lots of furnishings. The tour was good but not as good as the Drayton Hall tour. Our tour guide seemed like she was very concerned that we would touch something. The staircase went up three floors without being supported except at the top and bottom. This was made over two hundred years ago by hand.

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Mattoon, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed stepping back in time to a home in Charleston and the activities of its residents. Tour conducted very nicely and director very knowledgeable.

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Coram, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We had tickets and tried to time our tours when the rain let way. We enjoyed this house and the crazy colors and shaped rooms. I also thought the staircase was very cool.

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Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I loved visiting this house..it is wonderfully furnished and you really feel as though you have been transported back in time! The moldings and front hall stairway are just beautiful. As much as you may want to ..YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SLIDE DOWN THE BANNISTER..don't even try ;)

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Historic C, Owner at Nathaniel Russell House, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Nathaniel Russell House Museum. Sliding down the banister does sound like fun but you are right that is not allowed! 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

This was a great house to tour. It was gorgeous and had many pieces that were original to the house. They have done a great job keeping it up and the docents were very friendly and full of information. I recommend this over all the other house tours.

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Historic C, Owner at Nathaniel Russell House, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Nathaniel Russell House Museum. Make sure to check out our self-guided tour at the Aiken-Rhett House Museum as well! 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

Cincinnati, Ohio
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73 reviews 73 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

We did both homes on the same day and were glad we did this one second. It is being restored so everything looks like it might have during its time of use. Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered every question asked.

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Historic C, Owner at Nathaniel Russell House, responded to this review

Jen, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Nathaniel Russell House Museum. We apologize that the tour was short but we are glad you had a great experience with our docent! 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... More

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9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I live in Charleston and just discovered that the Historic Charleston Foundation does children's programs in the summers. You sign up on their website. We just did one at the Nathaniel Russell House and it included a tour geared towards the kids. The kids did an art project, talked about the Revolutionary War, what it was like for kids during... More

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Historic C, Owner at Nathaniel Russell House, responded to this review

We are happy that you and your kids had a wonderful experience with our children’s program. Thank you for leaving a review, and we hope to see you both again! Please visit our website to see what other specialized programs we have in store for the Nathaniel Russell House Museum. More

Lake Jackson, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

One of the best homes to visit! Try going early in the morning for it gets very crowded with viewers who want to see it. The home has been restored to its originality with the era charm.

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Historic C, Owner at Nathaniel Russell House, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Nathaniel Russell 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

Houston, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The house is much larger than it looks from the front. Gorgeous interior and furnishings and staircase! Tours run continuously, so we didn't have to wait but 5 minutes for one - neat information and really gives you a glimpse into what it might have been like to live there.

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Historic C, Owner at Nathaniel Russell House, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Nathaniel Russell House Museum. The staircase is definitely a favorite for many of our guests! 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

colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a lovely old mansion with an amazing staircase. The docent was very informative. The gardens are nice to wander in and have a rest.

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Historic C, Owner at Nathaniel Russell House, responded to this review

Susie, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Nathaniel Russell 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

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