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Nathaniel Russell House

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Neighborhood: Charlestowne
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Address: 51 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: +1 843-724-8481
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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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Gorgeous restored home

The Russells were some of the wealthiest residents in Charleston and this home displays it beautifully. The guided tour provides a good overview of how the family lived, dined and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Mardie R
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Sammamish, Washington

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Sammamish, Washington
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Russells were some of the wealthiest residents in Charleston and this home displays it beautifully. The guided tour provides a good overview of how the family lived, dined and entertained. The architectural features are amazing. They've also done some interesting work in analyzing the paint colors used during this era and the restored rooms are really quite lovely -... More 

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Weaverville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here for the tour by chance and found it interesting more for the omissions and glossing over of the facts of slavery. The house is beautiful and it is always fun to see how people lived.

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured this house along with the Aiken-Rhett House (you can get a discounted ticket if you do both--basically half off of the second one). I preferred the Aiken-Rhett House even though it hasn't been restored as this one has been, but the gardens here around the side of the house were pretty and the architecture of this house is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So we went here on a rainy day. We wondered... Should we do Aiken-Rhett House or Nathaniel Russell House? Answer: both. Look... I wouldn't suggest that you tour 5 or 6 houses, but two is reasonable and these two give a great contrast and diversity of experience. As you have read elsewhere, the A-R is PRESERVED, while the NR is... More 

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Nathaniel Russell house offers a quick 30 minute tour of a restored historic home. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the house and all its owners. Great place for history lovers, small children might get a little restless, because they ask you no to touch the furniture or walls. Enjoyable tour.

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Pitt Meadows, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are so many houses to visit and we had limited time. We took advantage of the Aiken-Rhett house tour and Nathaniel Russell house tour combo and to my mind it was well worth it. Enjoyed the homes very much.

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Petersburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just can't get enough of the fabulous houses in Charleston. This one did not disappoint, the staircase is the main attraction and worth tha admission price. I was impressed by the oil lamps on the mantel in the dining room and was told that they used whale oil. The tour guide was very knowledgable about the furnishings and decorations in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walked by and went in on a whim and was glad we did. Lovely tour with very good guide. Learned a lot about Charleston history and architecture. Just a block or two from St. Michaels which was great. Would highly recommend.

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Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful home. If you love architecture or history, you cannot miss visiting. Yes, the staircase is gorgeous, but also the gold leaf crown molding in the library and the stunning Wedgewood-esqe molding in the upstairs oval music room. Our tour guide, Joy, was informative and funny. It is only about 7 or so rooms, but well worth... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tour is somewhat brief, but still well worth the admission fee to see the beautiful and well maintained interior rooms and furniture. Informative tour guide, answered my group's questions well. No photos allowed. Really nice way to see how some old Charlestonians lived, good example of Southern architecture.

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