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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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You get an upclose look at all the beautiful details of this mansion

You can just imagine the women in their huge skirts swishing around this stately mansion. Beautifully kept up and furnished. The gift shop has a nice array of books and keepsakes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Westchester, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

You can just imagine the women in their huge skirts swishing around this stately mansion. Beautifully kept up and furnished. The gift shop has a nice array of books and keepsakes for sale. Our European tour guide was very knowledgeable and shared some great anecdotes. I'm not a old house specialist, but came away knowing a lot more about antebellum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Nice short walk from our hotel "The Charelston Place" very informative tour guide and many interesting facts.

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charleston, sc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We had family visiting and went to the Russell House. It is a very good house museum and beautifully and historically restored. One of my favorites.

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Dover, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This beautifully maintained historic residence was a nice way to spend about an hour. The docent who led our tour (Barbara, I think) was knowledgeable and charming. We also enjoyed the lovely gardens.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Well worth the visit. The house is famous for it's suspended staircase and architecture. The tour was very informative and gave an indication of what life was like in the 1800's.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We were impressed at the beauty of this historic home and the painstaking details that were taken in the restoration process. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us the opportunity to ask questions in every room of the home that we toured. It was obvious that the guide loved this historic home and relished her role in sharing the... More 

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Beloit, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Our tour was really great our guide was really knowledgeable and knew what she was talking about. The house has a lot of cool old charleston furniture and things in it including some things from the original family. It is restored wonderfully. I wish the slave quarters were intact or featured in the tour but it was still great

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

For true Charleston history told by a historian who loves and knows the homes, stop here! The tour is about 30 minutes and has been tastefully restored to the correct time period and design of the home. The stair case on its own is enough to make the tour worth it!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

OK, the first thing to consider, when visiting Charleston in the midst of summer, is that most of the historic houses that can be visited do not have air conditioning! The Nathaniel Russell House is the one exception to that, and even without that detail making it a comfortable place to spend an hour steeping yourself in Charleston history, it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The Nathaniel Russell House at 51 Meeting Street in Charleston, South Carolina, isn't the oldest residence in the city and it isn't the largest. But it is widely recognized asone of America's most important Neoclassical houses. Built by wealthy shipping merchant Nathaniel Russell in 1808 by an unknown architect, the Federal-style townhouse of 9,000 square feet has asymmetrical facade with... More 

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