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Edmondston-Alston House

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Address: 21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
Phone Number: +1 843-722-7171
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Of Charleston's many fine house museums, only the Edmondston-Alston House...

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.

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This lovely house was constructed in 1825 and renovated in 1838. Lovely views of Charleston Harbor. The panic of 1837 forced Edmondston to sell his house. It was purchased by... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Port Moody, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This lovely house was constructed in 1825 and renovated in 1838. Lovely views of Charleston Harbor. The panic of 1837 forced Edmondston to sell his house. It was purchased by Charles Alton, a member of a well established Low Country rice planting dynasty. He set about updating the architecture of his house in the Greek Revival style. The house has... More 

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Chester, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited using the 3 day passport that can be purchased at the visitor center. I recommend the passport. The house is on the battery. The tour gives you an overview of the history plus a look at the house itself. We enjoyed the visit. Recommended.

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Garden City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit to Charleston and my husband and I were impressed by the warmth and friendliness of the Charleston people. The docent that guided us on our tour yesterday afternoon was the one exception. Although she appeared to be knowledgeable, she was not only unfriendly, she was outright nasty. The house itself was beautiful and grande and... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On the Battery, the Edmonston-Alston House is an authentic home to several notable families in Charleston. The tours last 30-40 minutes. The tour guides are knowledgeable and share all the stories of the occupants. The furniture is all authentic of the 1700's. The family continues to live in the house but allows the first two floors for visitors. If you... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really interesting visit to see early nineteenth century house, furnished in the original style. Tour was a little slow in style and delivery but some really interesting information about pre and post Civil War Chareslston living.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great tour with a knowledgeable tour guide. WOnderful bay views and a glimpse into a more prosperous Charleston Life. Worth the walk to the battery.

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Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This house was my favorite because of he possessions that remained in the family. Diaries that belonged to the owners allowed the historical society to recreate a likeness that will amaze you. It's as if they still live there now.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Edmondston-Alston house is tied to the Middleton Plantation. I recommend buying a combo ticket and seeing both. Over 90% of the items in the house are original to the family! Our tour guide was wonderful. We visited on 9/2/2016.

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Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very beautiful house. It's well maintained, so I think it may look like it did in its glory. The tour was good and the docent did a good job.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The home provides an excellent view of what historic Charleston life was like. The tour guide was delightful and the tour was informational. The views from the house are spectacular. We highly recommend this tour.

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