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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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Beautiful Staircase

The staircase and its history is worth the price of admission. Very lively docent was entertaining and knowledgeable. I was happy to learn more about the Adams style of the house... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

The staircase and its history is worth the price of admission. Very lively docent was entertaining and knowledgeable. I was happy to learn more about the Adams style of the house and the family history.

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Flushing, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Beautiful grounds and home to view in historic downtown area of Charleston. We did not have a car to get around so plantation viewing was not an option. This home gave a wonderful example of the grandeur of the area and a tour guide to tell wonderful tales.

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Scotland, UK
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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

We found the tour interesting, but let down by a rather pretentious tour guide which was somewhat off putting

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

Very nice example of how an old house is properly restored. It's full of trompe-l'oeil and was a delight to see. Lots of good information about both the house and the Russells. It's a great contrast to the Aikens-Rhett house (which we'd highly recommend) - perservation vs. restoration.

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Martinsville, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

This was a beautiful house that was submerged beneath a world collection of all sorts of objects. The owner has covered every space with something. If you are into the history and architecture of the house I beleive you will be disappointed. But if you like museum quality collections you may find this to your liking.

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Orange, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

The tour gives you the opportunity to "travel back in time" and imagine how life was for the original owners of this house overlooking the water. It was charming and easily accessible from the street.

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new york, new york
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

This home tour was the best I've ever experienced. An incredibly knowledgeable guide took us through the most beautiful rooms I could imagine. There is also a lovely side garden to enjoy. After a morning of city walking, 10 minutes sitting in the shade under a huge magnolia tree is completely rejuvenating. If you don't have a car to visit... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

A lot of care was put into achieving the original look of this historic home. The furniture is all appropriate to the time and the colors on the walls are exact. This is not a long tour, you will only need about 45 minutes. The grounds are not big and so if you allow slightly more than an hour, you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Had a nice tour of this place and grounds. A must see for the historical crowd. The docents were very knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy talking about the significance of the home.

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California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This is a beautifully restored home that gives you a clear picture of what life was like for the very well to do in Charleston in the 1800’s. The gardens are beautiful and the home boasts a 3-story free-standing staircase. Our guide, Ruth, was outstanding; knowledgeable, energetic, funny and clearly loves this home and its history. The Nathaniel Russell House... More 

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