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The Calhoun Mansion

16 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)
843-722-8205
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Ranked #46 of 106 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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Naperville, Illinois
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW 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 NEW 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
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12 helpful votes 12 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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Seguin, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The disappointment starts early because right off the bat, the excellent tour guide explained that while the mansion is named after a former US Vice President and Charleston powerbroker, Mr. Calhoun never ever lived here. After a rich Philadelphia family bought the old mansion, it needed to name it after someone famous so that chose Calhoun. The 37 rooms (with... More

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Marietta, Georgia, United States
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

After some years my family dicided to tour the house. What a shame what the new owners have done to this great house. The extensive collection of artifacts has hidden the once grandure of the home. Their is no open space on the walls and the furnishing no longer reflect the period and when they do they are hidden from... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Wow! That was my first impression of this house. Couldn't tell you anything about the house but can say plenty about the amount of antiques found in every nook of this house! Some very beautiful pieces are to be found here and the amount of antiques found within these walls blows your mind. Amazing that the cat (who is allowed... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This house is gorgeous. For North and South fans, it was the Hazard Mansion. The art collection is beautiful. The guide did a wonderful job of telling the story of the house.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

It was interesting to visit the Calhoun Mansion and learn of its history. It is disconnected from Southern Charm, as the contents do not depict a true Southern history or style. If you treasure antiques from all over the globe, you will have your fill of quite an extensive collection. Every nook & cranny is jammed with items. It's hard... More

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Senior Contributor
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Was happy to step into the air conditioned house! The house itself is quite impressing, although the amount of "stuff" in it made me a little clausterphobic. The guide was extremely entertaining.

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We had been warned that this house was not managed by the Charleston Historical Society and so was not some of the locals favorites. We wanted to see anyway because of the original Tiffany chandeliers and vases. Well, they were indeed beautiful but some of the other myriad of collections were fascinating too. Worth seeing....

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