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The Calhoun Mansion

Neighborhood: Charlestowne
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Address: 16 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: 843-722-8205
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Arts and crafts
Description: One of Charleston's architectural treasures, this historic mansion owned...
One of Charleston's architectural treasures, this historic mansion owned by George Walton Williams transports visitors back in time.
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Strangely weird and ecclectic

This home is actually lived in by its collector owner, so the tour is done via the roped doorways of each room.We only had 4 people in our tour, so there was no issues with being... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Ormond Beach, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

First of all, reading some of the reviews of this historic Mansion had me laughing to the point of tears. It is most unusual for a historic home tour to be so controversial. After reading seven pages of reviews, I knew this was a MUST SEE stop during my stay in Charleston. I was not disappointed! The 24,000 square foot... More 

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Westchester County, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This was a real disappointment. To be fair, the guide, who was extremely hard to understand, warned the group that this home was unusual and quite eclectic. However, there was no way that warning could possibly prepare anyone for the price to disappointment ratio! If you are looking for true "southern Charleston" save your money and look elsewhere.

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Los Angeles, California
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316 reviews 316 reviews
41 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed tour of the Calhoun Mansion but I must agree with others that the contents of the rooms seemed random and while interesting it is almost too much to take in. It reminded me of Hearst Castle here in Ca in that the owner seems to just amass a ton of art objects and just piles them in the... More 

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North Carolina
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118 reviews 118 reviews
50 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

As soon as the tour begins, you will say Wow! The mansion is full to the brim with antiques and treasures and each room has a story to tell. The tour guides are excellent and can answer any question you can think of about the home, its history, its owners and everything in it. Located near the Battery, this is... More 

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Penticton, B. C.
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133 reviews 133 reviews
31 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This was one of the highlights of our time in Charleston. Unbelievable. We have visited many wonderful places but this is one of the best we've seen. It is filled......no CRAMMED with antiques. Very interesting tour given. Pleasant and helpful staff. If you're familiar with the mini-series North and South from years ago, this is the outside of the home... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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147 reviews 147 reviews
44 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This home is actually lived in by its collector owner, so the tour is done via the roped doorways of each room.We only had 4 people in our tour, so there was no issues with being able to see everything. The house itself has some interesting history, as does the collection of various art, furniture and taxidermy. In this house,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The house is beautiful and includes many original features, but the new owner seems to be using it as a warehouse for items purchased elsewhere around the world. Those items, though beautiful, are over the top and distracting. I felt I was contributing to Howe's spending addiction bordering on hoarding.

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Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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139 reviews 139 reviews
33 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I gave this five stars because it's so refreshingly different from all the plantations and mansions you can tour in this area. It's not even particularly old, built in the 1890s, but it's truly unique. Go see the traditional mansions, then come here for a bit of fun. Yes, it's gaudy, strange, over the top, and beyond cluttered, and it's... More 

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CA, USA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This place is definitely something to see! The house is very large and very "overdone"….like a museum. The rooms, style, design and feeling are all worth seeing….even if the whole place is crammed with art, furniture, valuables and "other fancy stuff"…. A step back to the golden age and I recommend taking the trip!

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The house was beautiful, the tour guide great, so why only a so-so review? The answer: The current owners collection of antiques. The owner is a wealthy international lawyer who collects everything. He's gotten so much that the house boarders on hording. Unlike other houses in the area this owner likes what he likes and filled the house up with... More 

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