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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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Bluffton, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed touring the Nathaniel Russell house. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and welcoming to questions. It was very nice to be able to escape the August heat with a wonderful tour in a nicely air-conditioned home. It was not only nice to learn about the history of the house but also life in the old South in general.... More

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The Villages, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Four of us were on a ten night cruise and our first stop was Charleston, South Carolina. When you first walk onto the property you notice the ornate ironwork facing the street with the NR initials placed in the center. Awesome ironwork! The grounds are kept up very well, and you enjoy them as you walk around to the side... More

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Goose Creek, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Great tour. Good knowledge shared. Friendly staff. We loved the time appropriate interior and gardens. A great stop while you're in Charleston!

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The home was beautiful & I did enjoy the tour. I do wish I could've taken photos inside though, was very disappointed by this.

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Albany, Oregon
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19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

During our visit to Charleston, we toured Nathaniel Russell House during a rainy afternoon. The entrance to the home introduces you to what awaits you during your tour. It is a beautiful home, that is filled with many wonderful treasures. We enjoyed the comments from our tour guide. There are so many items to see and hear about their history.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I enjoyed this tour. I do wish it included more, but the house is beautiful and has tons of character. It was nice to learn about a day in the life of one of the Russell family members. I've only done this one house tour, so I have nothing to compare it to. I'd probably come again.

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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. You should definitely check out the Aiken-Rhett House to compare the approach for this museum to a conversation approach! 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... More

Phoenix, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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

We are glad you enjoyed your tour of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum, and we appreciate your feedback. We take all concerns seriously, and we are always working to improve the visitor’s experience. Our docents are rigorously trained to treat each guest with the highest respect. At the same time, with thousands of visitors each year, they must always be... More

Mattoon, Illinois, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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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

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

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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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 and were able to stay dry during the storm! 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

Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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