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The Calhoun Mansion

Address: 16 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)
Phone Number: 843-722-8205
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Ranked #46 of 108 Attractions in Charleston
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Arts and crafts
Owner description: One of Charleston's architectural treasures, this historic mansion owned by George Walton Williams...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Arts and crafts
Owner description: One of Charleston's architectural treasures, this historic mansion owned by George Walton Williams transports visitors back in time.

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Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 NEW

This tour is well worth it. The home is magnificent and the tour full of fun facts. Worth the time and money.

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indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Wow this house is a mess! It's a beautiful example of a home from this era but the odd antiques or things is stuffed to the max in this home. So much clutter in any direction. It smells like moth balls! The artifacts are over the top!

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Blenheim, NZ
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53 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This wasn't really what we were expecting - its not anything historic in terms of Charleston or Plantation owners, Its really just a display place for the owners huge and eclectic art and antique collection. But - the tour guide did tell us that before we went in. And it was truely amazing, and very jumbled and almost messy. Apparently... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Thank goodness a private owner has not only bought and restored this gem but also opens it to the public. Very interesting place. Loved the clock collection and the original Tiffany chandeliers.

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Halifax, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is not a typical Charleston Mansion! It was recommended to us by another tourist couple who said it "was to die for". We wish we had saved our $30. This is a beautiful mansion, but it could be located anywhere. Not typical of the "Old South". The gardens and exterior are so impressive that we couldn't wait to see... More 

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cincinnati
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38 reviews 38 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Toured this house with some friends and our kids and came away disappointed. We hoped to gain some insight into life in a historical house in Charleston but instead got a tour of a house that some rich guy is filling up with things that have no connection to this wonderful city. I guess some might find it interesting to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We were really looking forward to our visit to the grandest mansion in Charleston. What a disappointment. The home itself is beautiful,the architecture stunning and the gardens are beautiful. However, it is difficult to see any of this through what I would call a rich man's collection of junk. Of course, I am fairly certain none of it was inexpensive... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I always wonder what the homes in Charleston look like on the inside and I got a chance to peek in when we visited the Calhoun Mansion. The family still lives and entertains in the home. The art & furniture collection coupled with the architectural details in the home are overwhelming and it's almost too much to take in. And... More 

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Lakeland, Florida, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The mansion itself is very nice as it still functions as a family residence. Unfortunately, there were far too many individuals in our 3pm tour. By the time the tour guide was moving on to the describe the next room, many of us had not been able to approach the ropes of the previous room. You could only have between... More 

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New York City, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 via mobile

I was excited to look round thus house, having been told it's a stunning example of a charleston society home. The house is imposing and has maintained all of it's fabulous fixtures and fittings, which I loved seeing. However, there is an unbelievable amount of antique clutter that the current owner has collected & it's displayed so poorly that it... More 

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