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“Great tour of a lovely home” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nathaniel Russell House

Nathaniel Russell House
51 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)
+1 843-724-8481
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Ranked #18 of 219 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: The Foundation welcomes visitors to explore daily life in one of Charleston's most exquisite dwellings. Located in Downtown Charleston near High Battery, the Nathaniel Russell House Museum, 51 Meeting Street, is widely recognized as one of America's most important neoclassical dwellings. Historic Charleston Foundation purchased the National Historic Landmark in 1955, and the house served as the Foundation's headquarters for 37 years. Today, the interiors are restored to their original 1808 grandeur and surrounded by formal gardens.
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“Great tour of a lovely home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012 via mobile

Tour guide was great. The home is beautiful and very well preserved so you get a real sense of what homes were like. The staircase is gorgeous !

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“A spectacular stair case.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

This is a wonderful home and has a lovely garden. The inside of the home is great, has been restored to the original paint colors and furnished beautifully. The staircase is the most spectacular feature of the house but the oval rooms are also wonderful. This house would be high on the list of ones to visit if I had limited time in Charleston.

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“Great Restoration!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Great restoration delivers the feel of Old Charleston. Tours are offered daily and well worth stopping for.

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Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
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“Old townhouse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

This home gives a good understanding of what was meant by townhouse in that time. Narrow front but very long.. taking up most the length of the property. Guided tour of the interior with furnishings of the period. Allow at least an hour

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Alexandria VA
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“Another gem in the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

This house is "paired" with the Aiken-Rhett House, meaning you can see both for a special rate. Even better is that I used my Historic Preservation discount to go to A-R House yesterday day, not sure that I'd go to NRussell House today but with the receipt from yesterday, I just paid the difference for the special priced/combo ticket. This house is restore (so it looks great), unlike the preserved (not restored) A-R House which looks like the ravages of time...two different ways of caring for and showing off historic properties. Had a good guide who knew her stuff and gave an interesting presentation throughout the house for about 45 minutes. Since you don't pay until you go around to the back of the house where the admission/gift shop and orientation area is, you could look at the grounds alone without going in for free. However, the house is really worth seeing, especially as a contrast to the A-R House. The oval, cantilevered staircase is gorgeous but after the end of Oct 2012, visitors will no longer be permitted to walk up it. It is very easy on the feet with low "risers" and wide treads. Two of the 2nd floor rooms have some of the most ornate cornices I've ever scene. The house also features some of the original furniture (A-R house has very little furniture in it).

Visited October 2012
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