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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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A piece of History you must see in Charleston

First, there are the views of Charleston harbor, then there is the way of life that was lived and our guide did a superb job of recreating a picture in time of the old south. A... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First, there are the views of Charleston harbor, then there is the way of life that was lived and our guide did a superb job of recreating a picture in time of the old south. A worthy stop for $12.

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Logan, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ducked into this place to get out of the rain and decided to join the tour that had just started. Glad we did. It was very informative and the speaker had a good voice and involved the group in his story telling.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed the tour of this beautiful city home. Many of the antiques and decorations are from the period and the architecture is amazing. The guides are very well versed and give a great, balanced telling of the history of the Charleston mansions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Touring the homes of Charleston so many to choose from. This was one of our favorites and enjoyed everything about it!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a house museum near the Battery, overlooking Charleston Harbor. Our guide was a good story-teller, and provided a glimpse into the home and the history of its inhabitants. The archival material was quaint but limited. All in all, it was a nice diversion that took us back in time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great visit and good pairing with Calhoun house as you can really see different styles Great tour as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was amazing to learn how connected all the early Charleston families were to each other! The home itself is beautiful, rich, opulent and welcoming..all at once!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recommend doing Middleton Plantation first. You will see several things in this home that tie with that family home and makes it interesting. Great furniture and restorations. Standing on the porch gave me chills to think of the people that stood there looking out so long ago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful location on the Battery. You can go out on the piazzas and see the Harbor. Lots of family artifacts and furniture are in the house. Very interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friends and I decided on this house tour because my grandmother's maiden name is Alston and she's from South Carolina. We were disappointed when we learned the family had died out a few generations ago. We still had fun and we learned a lot. Our tour guide was really great. There were some small children on our tour, and... More 

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