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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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If you like historical pieces and artifacts of all kinds this is for you. Tours about a half hour and it's 23 dollars a person.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you like historical pieces and artifacts of all kinds this is for you. Tours about a half hour and it's 23 dollars a person.

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Clifton, VA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

First a disclaimer. This house is not for everyone. If you are into historical accuracy, like my daughter is, you will be sorely disappointed. If you want Charleston charm, skip it. However, if eccentricity and eclectic items are your thing, this is the house for you. So much to see, it is overwhelming. Tom was a wonderful guide. He clearly... More 

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38 reviews 38 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The house itself is incredible. We especially liked that fact that it was part of one of our favorite mini-series "The North and the South". This was the setting for the house of George Hazzard, which was supposed to be in Pennsylvania. The house is filled with collectables from all over the world and are organized loosely in themes. It... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Is the owner of this house serious, or is he having a quiet chuckle as he goes to the bank with the $16 admissions. Someone tell him that less is more. A mish mash of collections which only reinforce a Europeans view that US wealth equals bad taste.

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Brooklyn, Iowa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

How one mansion can hold SO much eye candy! The grandger of Charleston' s old south living from it's past maintained and filled with the current owners collections from all over the world.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This house os not for the minimalist. The architecture, wood work, wall paper, and Tiffany painted walls would be amazing if the house were empty, but the collections of the current owner make this a unique experience. Unexpected architectural elements, such as pocket windows and a ceiling designed like a ships hull were interesting, but the art and artifacts theoughout... More 

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Washington, DC
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

As we drove past this house on our carriage tour, our driver's comment was "there is a fine line between avid collecting and hoarding," and once we stepped inside, I realized that what determines the difference in a house containing so much wealth is probably a curator. I struggled to see a common thread or theme among all of the... More 

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Linton, Indiana
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76 reviews 76 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The house is beautiful if you could see it, the owners have it so full of stuff you can't enjoy the house.It is very overwhelming and most are not period pieces but rather things from all over the world from all time periods.If you are looking for a typical historic Charleston mansion go tour this one is not for you.... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We love touring historic homes but we were not impressed about the Calhoun mansion tour. The tour was very short, 30 minutes and for the most part not too informative. The tour guide had a very good sense of humor but spoke way too fast which made it hard to understand him. The Nathaniel Russell house that we toured the... More 

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Nashville, TN
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We love going to historical homes and looking at the architecture and the antiques that were used in homes of that era. But this house....I just don't know what to say. It kind of reminded me of the Winchester House with all of its strange and non-period artifacts. Every single inch was covered with something. Clocks, statues, bowls, plates, figurines....all... More 

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