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The Calhoun Mansion

16 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)
843-722-8205
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Ranked #50 of 108 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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Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Expected to see Old South furnishings, artifacts, etc. However, owner -- who still lives there -- has crammed a hodgepodge of artifacts from all over the world into every room open to the public. Even displays a melange of stuffed animal heads, yet visitors are told he didn't personally dispose of any of them.

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Springfield, Virginia, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Docent talked really fast and was funny. The mansion is overwhelming...way too much stuff! Minimalist's nightmare, I would not be able to sleep there. It is still a family residence. Gardens are lovely. Lots of dead animals as wall hangings, kind of creepy for me. Tour was worth the price.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

As our tour guide said, if you are a minimalist, don't come in. If you agree that more is more is more.....come in. After that, I was not able to understand much else of what our guide said. He talked quickly, mumbled and often spoke as he was walking, facing away from us. The current owner is a collector/hoarder of... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews 75 reviews
14 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We do not recommend this mansion. We were hoping to see an old mansion in it's glory, but instead felt like we were in a hoarders house. It was hard to see the original fixutres and character behind all of the junk the current owners place all over the walls and tables. Guide was nice, but I couldn't wait to... More

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toronto
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Well, it is appreciated that the current owners of this mansion, who still live there, allowed us a tour of their incredible home. Thanks to them, we got to not only wander through their unbelievable manicured gardens, but see the main & second floors [no kitchen] of this antique-packed house. There is so much to look at one cannot digest... More

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Centereach, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This mansion is a must see! The word ornate does not even begin to explain this mansion. There are so many artifacts, objects, knick-knacks all over the mansion. Each room and object has a story to go along with it. I could have spent the entire day in the house. Tom was our tourguide and he was amazing. You can... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

I visited this exceptional property on 9/22. The home is structurally magnificent however the true beauty is hidden by the current owners obsessive collections of antiques that cover all of the walls and virtually every flat surface. It is at best claustrophobic. I would recommend spending your $15. elsewhere unless you are a fan of the TV show Hoarders. I... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

The entry and chandelier draw you in..then your eyes don't have a chance to rest as they are constantly seeing clutter. Each antique may be priceless but is given little space to shine. Too, too much stuff and way to confusing to focus. Save your money and visit Boone Hall Plantation.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

Greatly disappointed. This is not a tour of the beautiful home. It is the owner showing his stuff. Can't even see fireplaces and floors--Original to house due to all the "stuff". Real elephant feet footstools disgusting. Had viewed this home many years ago. It was beautiful. Not now. Sorry I took my house guests there.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is a really bizarre place and one that I feel should not be missed. The mansion has had a varied past, including being chopped up into apartments at one point. But a recent new owner has restored it AND filled it with the most amazing and varied collection of antiques, artwork, and curiosities that you could possibly imagine. The... More

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