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Nathaniel Russell House

51 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)
+1 843-724-8481
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Ranked #15 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The Nathanial Russel home is a wonderful example of one of Charleston most important neoclassical dwellings. The home is characterized by a cantilevered floating spiral staircase ascending to the 3rd floor and a rectangular, square, and oval room on each floor. Tours are escorted by a docent who provides an insight into both the home and the family. The homes... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Worth visiting to get an idea of the inside of one of the lovely mansions. Good number of rooms open so you can get a real feel for how they lived. The furnishings in this home were lovely as was the art.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Definitely enjoyed the beauty and history lessons contained within the home and its lovely gardens. Great photo opportunities outside, guide was very informative, nice gift shop.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The guide knew a lot of interesting facts about tons of the objects in the house. The house itself is well preserved and the staircase is amazing!

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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

Coventry, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The house looks huge from outside but once inside it is deceptive as the staircase takes up so much room. The tour started off on the ground floor with a talk in the entry hall and moved on to an elegant dining room and plain day room. Upstairs was an ornate music room, reception room and a bedroom and that... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. You might enjoy visiting our other property, the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. This tour is self-guided and guests are free to roam the property at their own pace. We hope that you will visit our properties soon! More

Larchmont, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

There are many historic homes to see in Charleston but this one should not be missed. It started with our very knowledgeable tour guide who welcomed our questions and told us if she didn't know the answer she would research it and get back to us by email. The furnishings were all of the period and she explained how original... More

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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

Tillson, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This house house been completely restored and is magnificent. Visitors leave knowing the history of the family and how they lived. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. If you're looking for a restored historic mansion, this is a great choice.

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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

Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Thsi was another must see. The staircase alone made it very worthwhile. The round rooms were wonderful. Another great look back at history.

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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

Melville, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I thought this would be one of the "you see one old house you've seen them all". Mostly true. But, go here, take the tour, and just look UP and then DOWN the staircase. It's circular and appears to float. Very cool. The trim and woodwork in the "rounded" rooms on each floor were impressive, ESPECIALLY the 2nd floor. (3rd... More

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

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Nathaniel Russell House Museum. The staircase and the detailing are truly remarkable. 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We went on a tour of the Nathanial Russell house and the staircase in the center hall is quite a draw. One can see up to the third floor from the bottom of the staircase. It is architecturally a magnificent work of engineering. The house is furnished in period pieces which is very interesting as well. The docent who gave... More

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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

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