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“Candelight tour” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Edmondston-Alston House

Edmondston-Alston House
21 East Battery, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)
843-722-7171
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Ranked #17 of 96 Attractions in Charleston
Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Of Charleston's many fine house museums, only the Edmondston-Alston House (constructed in 1825 and enhanced in 1838) commands a magnificent view of Charleston Harbor. From its piazza, General P. T. Beauregard watched the fierce bombardment of Ft. Sumter on April 12, 1861, signaling the start of the Civil War. And on December 11 of the same year, the house gave refuge to General Robert E. Lee the night a wide-spreading fire threatened his safety in a Charleston hotel.Much like the Middleton Place House Museum, the collection at the Edmondston-Alston House Museum consists of pieces that belonged to the family, reflecting not only family history but American history. Despite the ravages of the Civil War, the Earthquake of 1886 and numerous hurricanes, the Alston family pieces remain in place much as they have for over 150 years. Notable in the collection is an original print of the Ordinance of Secession, portraits, dining room table, gas lights, mirror and exquisite interior woodwork.
Frederick, Maryland
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“Candelight tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

We decided to do the candelight tour of the Edmondston-Alston House. While it was absolutely breathtaking to see it by candelight, I found the re-enactment portion a little lacking. I think I would have preferred a daytime tour which would have told about the history of the house and the owners, as opposed to the succession issue of the time. Overall, I'm glad I went, as it is truly a beautiful home, but wouldn't recommend the candelight tour!.

Visited December 2013
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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Edmondston-Alston House, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Thank you for your review. Christmas 1860 is a special event that draws hundreds of people year after year to learn about the last opulent Christmas in Charleston before the start of the Civil War through live performances throughout the seasonally-decorated Edmondston-Alston House. Most people enjoy it very much. As a value-added component, tickets to the event entitle the bearer to a complimentary house tour the following day.
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“40th anniversary trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

In many ways, once you've seen a few area homes you've sorta seen them all, right? Not so with Ed-Alston House thanks to the great staff, especially tour guide David. What a Charleston treasure! Another great thing about the house...heavily furnished with originals...including outstanding documents.

Visited December 2013
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“Fully restored Charleston mansion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

As opposed to the Aiken-Rhett House which has been preserved but not restored, the Edmondston-Alston House is full of period correct furnishings presented in fully restored rooms. At E-A, you can "see" what these old mansions looked like rather than having to "imagine" what they looked like at A-R.

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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“Excellent House Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Out of the three house tours we did in Charleston, this was our favorite. A beautiful home full of history, with a wonderful view of the water and Ft. Sumter. The tour was informative and we learned a lot of interesting facts!

Visited November 2013
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“Kind Helpful Staff, Great Tour with Antique Historical Furnishings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Very nice home in the Battery area opposite Fort Sumter. Kind and helpful staff. Authentic and original furnishings. You MUST see the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession on the wall! Its quite a long walk from most hotels but well worth it. When we went it was decorated for Christmas. They offer candlelight tours around Christmas.

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