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The Calhoun Mansion

16 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)
843-722-8205
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Ranked #44 of 104 attractions in Charleston
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Arts and crafts
Description: One of Charleston's architectural treasures, this historic mansion owned by George Walton Williams transports visitors back in time.
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Dublin, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

Given that the Calhoun name is prominent in Charleston and South Carolina history and politics, the Calhoun Mansion seemed to be an attraction that would shed light on both. How disappointing to discover that the mansion is only remotely associated with the Calhoun name/history and is simply a repository for the current owners art and antique collection. If you're impressed... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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196 reviews 196 reviews
61 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Largest private home in Charleston and gorgeous. However, our tour guide had warned us that this museum is not so much history as it is the collection of the owner's random traveling souvenirs. Don't bother...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

I have toured this house several times. There is always something new. Recently my eight year old daughter and I did the private tour. It was the highlight of our trip! It was a wonderful and memorable experience. Frankie was an exceptional guide!

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Rantoul, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

You go in the front hall/foyer... They talk about the decor more than anything, and I am not sure you can even use the word decor. It is so cluttered. Then you go up the stairs to another hall and that's it. The entire time you listen to the guide go on and on about the animals and the different... More

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williamsburg
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We decided to go to this after we went on a tour on the horse and carriage. It was very interesting. It is more in the NOW generation. Someone owes it and it is full of furniture and goods from All over the country. It was very nice but did not seem historical.

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Mountain City
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Very good deal for price. A lot of decorations & historical pieces. Surprised that people actually live there. Beautiful!

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Before you enter this house, I hope you have an opportunity to read the rest of the reviews people have posted. My group and I were depressed after visiting this home. While it may have been beautiful at different points in time, this home has a collection of antiques from all over the world that have been stuffed into this... More

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VA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Like others have said, the tour of the mansion is very short and limited as to where you are allowed to go. There are tons and tons of "things" in every possible place in this home. You can see that the mansion has the potential to be beautiful but as it is right now, it's somewhat of an eye sore.... More

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Lexington, South Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you are interested in viewing, from a main hall, rooms filled with a multitude of artifacts from all over the world, this tour is for you. However, if you are interested in experiencing the charming Southern lifestyle of Charleston, there are better attractions. The tour encompasses half an hour ($15 a person -no senior/military discounts) guided tour on "parts"... More

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Canton, Georgia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

$40 for basically a 30 minute guided tour of two floors that reminded me of a episode of hoarders. Better options for you $$ in Charleston.

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