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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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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 Home

Very informative tour through the house. You get a very good sense of what it was like to live at that time in our nations history.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Very informative tour through the house. You get a very good sense of what it was like to live at that time in our nations history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Amazing job of ongoing restoration in this house. The floating staircase is a highlight of the tour. Great job by the tour guide relating the history of the Russell family. Beautiful outside grounds, too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This house was beautiful! My husband and I decided to tour this house because of the information we had seen on the internet - the history of the home and the architecture within. We were extremely excited to see the grand staircase that was the center of the unique design of the home. However, we were disappointed (but understanding) to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This tour was recommended to us by Mary Helen Dantzler from the "Two sister tours". We just had time to see one house and chose this one. The house has a unique staircase and rooms are presented nicely. Guided tour was informative. Gave us a good impression of how it was to live in a house like this.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The exterior of the house is truly stunning with a charming garden space. The interior is a mixed bag. The restoration work is truly incredible and I would have enjoyed learning about that, although our guide was all over the place. I think she had a lot of knowledge but had a hard time delivering it in an organized manner.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

THe Nathaniel Russell House tour is well worth an hour of your time while in Charleston. The house is beautifully restored and has a fascinating free standing staircase which is the best feature. Most of the furnishings are period authentic if not original and the house gives a good example of how a wealthy merchant and his family lived in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This home is quite beautiful, and great care has been taken in its restoration and re-furnishing. This is explained by the guide. The staircase is rare (free flying). It is not inexpensive to tour, but you can't place a value on history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The Nathaniel Russell House is absolutely beautiful and well worth a visit. Its outstanding feature is the incredible free-flying staircase (I think the only other one in the United States is in the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe). Over the last several years the house has been restored to its early 19th century appearance - no detail has been overlooked.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

A good place to visit to get a sense of wealth back in the day. Good use of 45 minutes. Guide was knowledgeable and very rote. M

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We enjoyed this house. The staircase and moulding were exquisite. Unfortunately no pictures allowed and we would of liked some. Very interesting history.

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