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“Interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Aiken-Rhett House

Aiken-Rhett House
48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
+1 843-723-1159
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Ranked #14 of 104 attractions in Charleston
Type: Historic Sites
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Owner description: The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique in many ways. For example, it remained in the hands of family descendents for 142 years until it was sold to The Charleston Museum and opened as a museum house in 1975. Historic Charleston Foundation purchased the house in 1995 and adopted a conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings.
Columbus, Ohio
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

The best part of this tour is the slave quarters. It was an interesting view into the world of slavery and how they lived in this period of time in Charleston. House was preserved but not restored so it is unique in that regard.

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“HCF MUST spend more money on this place”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

The bones of the house really impress upon the visitor the style and grandeur of the way of life of the high class in early 19th century Charleston. That is where the positive experience is. Although the staff emphasizes their desire to "preserve" the house exactly as it was when the last family member left, the fact is that there is almost nothing to see in this large, formerly important house. The "preserved" 19th century wallpaper is chipping off, almost no furniture is left, and one feels that the house is one strong storm from collapsing. "Desolate" is a good word to describe the feeling inside the house. The Historic Charleston Foundation, in my opinion, has 2 choices: start the admittedly very expensive restoration process, or stop charging an admission fee.

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“Eye opening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Beautiful mansion in original state. Realistic observation of how slaves lived and served this Governor and Congressman. Gorgeous property and courtyard and an incredible educational experience based on centuries' old living quarters.

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“Loved the tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

This was a great tour with an excellent opportunity to see a Charleston house that has not been restored in any way. Because it hasn't been restored, you won't see the fine finishes or antiques available in other homes, but it was interesting to see the original details and the modifications that have been made to the house over time.

The audio tour was excellent - we thought the portion of the tour that touched on the experience of the slaves was very well done in particular.

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“Wonderful morning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

We toured the Aiken-Rhett house in the morning on a weekday and found it a very enjoyable experience. The self guided tour was very interesteing and informative and worth the money. Charleston is full of wonderful history!

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