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Edmondston-Alston House

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Address: 21 East Battery, Charleston, SC 29401
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 peek back in history

The Edmonston-Alston house is a period-correct example of how the well-to-do in Charleston lived before the Civil War. The history of the house is fascinating as is the beautiful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Charlotte, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Edmonston-Alston house is a period-correct example of how the well-to-do in Charleston lived before the Civil War. The history of the house is fascinating as is the beautiful location on the Battery.

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Midlothian
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour of this house was delightful, in fact the best we experienced while in Charleston. The tour guide, Kim Smith, was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Although it was a typical hot Charleston summer day, water was provided to all the guests, and it was all a very worthwhile and pleasant experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this house at the end of our weeklong vacation. I am glad we did. It was a beautiful home and we loved seeing the different artifacts. The docent who gave the tour was very knowledgeable and interacted with all of us. She was extremely nice and answered all our questions. There was a little girl in our group... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I find these house tours to be a bit overpriced and this one fit that bill, yet from what I could tell, if one wants the best historic house tour in Charleston, this is probably the best. If I'm honest, I say that based on hearsay. In any event, I certainly felt that I got a sense of several different... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed this house tour during our visit to Charleston. This home is right on the waterfront, we walked down King Street then around the point and visited the home on our self-guided walking tour. Our guide was excellent (a middle-aged woman who used to work in the HR field). Very expressive with lots of interesting tidbits and a good... More 

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting and informative tour of one of the most historically important homes in Charleston. With its East Battery address, it overlooked the water and was where Confederate leaders watched the beginning of the Civil War on Ft. Sumter. It was also interesting to see the "stuff" of the house inhabitants and how well made they were. Don't miss the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautifully maintained house on the Battery. Many of the pieces belonged to the family, including some fabulous sterling. A great way to experience another more gracious time while escaping the heat and bright sun!

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Lake Mary, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This home is full of history and the tour is absolutely wonderful, not to mention the view from the second floor, overlooking the bay and Fort Sumter in the distance. The history is fascinating and the furnishings authentic. This place has a wonderful history and is well worth your time to visit and tour.

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Anderson, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful house and so much history! The wall coverings and furniture is original - I felt like a true southern belle just walking through the house!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No photos inside was disappointing. Still a privately owned property and therefore a small number of rooms were allowed to be toured. The guide gave an interesting history of the house and its owners how it related to the Civil War/Fort Sumter era.

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