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“RESTORED EXCESS” 4 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 #12 of 96 Attractions in Charleston
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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.
Asheboro, North Carolina
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“RESTORED EXCESS”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

This mansion has been restored to original condition. It is an amazing example of the excess of the wealthy Charleston merchant class before the Civil War. Imported hand-painted wallpaper, gold leaf decoration, formal furnishings. A good tour to pair with the Aiken-Rhett house which has not been restored. Buy a combination ticket at either property for a discount on both tours.

Visited April 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Terrible guide”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

So disappointed by this. Herded into hot room after hot room and any effort to stand in the doorway where it was cooler meant being berated by the elderly guide ("I said gather round, no straying now") who rarely finished a sentence and kept starting anecdotes and then meandering onto some non related topic. Learned almost nothing about the beautifully restored house and endured 45 minutes of being treated like a small child. Very dull. Perhaps we were simply unlucky with our guide as the property is stunning.

Visited May 2014
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Seattle, Wa
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“Great step back in time and history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Great tour guide, Rudge Calhoun, who did a great job of describing what life was like at the time the mansion was built.

Visited May 2014
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Valparaiso, Florida
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“A must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Our tour guide was awesome! Friendly and answered all questions! Home and garden was very beautiful!!

Visited April 2014
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Austin, Texas
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“Worth the $10 per person we paid”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I liked the history the guides give as much as looking at the home. I learned several things I didn't know on this tour.

Visited April 2014
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