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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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Great tour

Tour was 30 minutes and $12. Was worth it. Guide was humorous and involved everyone on tour. House was very nice and well worth the visit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Tour was 30 minutes and $12. Was worth it. Guide was humorous and involved everyone on tour. House was very nice and well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the fee to get inside and explore one of the beautiful mansions along the Battery. Guided tour that takes you through the home and explains the various rooms, their use, pointing out artwork and charming aspects of the home.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

How nice to get to see the inside of one of these fine old homes! This home was built in 1828 and sold 10 years later to the Alstons, another Charleston family with long roots. The building is lovely, furnished with some of the original furniture and china. My only regret is that we were not shown the bedrooms, but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great example of a "Charleston Single" with it's piazzas. The guided tour was exceptional and you almost felt you were part of it's history. The history of the house came alive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great tour an Home. Do this an then there plantation.Walk the neighborhood also park at end of Battery St.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a spectacular home! It was a beautiful home with so much history. The tour guide today was wonderful and knowledgeable. I would definitely tell anyone to include this home. We enjoyed it so much more than the Calhoun mansion.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At the Visitor's Center, we got the Heritage Pass which includes five historic homes. This was one of the four we visited. This house had much of the original furniture. There's a beautiful view of the harbor from the second floor library which has hundreds of original books. And there is currently a display of watercolors from Alice Ravenel Huger... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it was a nice group tour of a beautiful old house that actually had much of the original furniture. Loved the pocket doors which should be in more houses built today. Only complaint was our guide was a bit regimented. We were told 10 times I think to not touch or sit on anything which I think we all got... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a limited amount of time so we only selected two homes to visit in Charleston. We chose this home as it had a waterfront view. It was an elegant home with a beautiful view of the bay, especially from the wraparound veranda. The tour guide was excellent and it took about 30-45 minutes to tour the home. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

We took a carriage ride and made note of some of the places we wanted to go back and tour. This is one of the homes we made note we wanted to come back and visit. It was a beautiful home.

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