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Edmondston-Alston House

21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
+1 843-722-7171
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Interesting tour

This house is beautiful and the tour was very informative. Great way to see original house in... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ashley B
Kingsport, Tennessee
Beautiful Home & View

This home was gorgeous as was the view. The docent was extremely interesting. She told us that... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
spring, tx
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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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21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
+1 843-722-7171
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This house is beautiful and the tour was very informative. Great way to see original house in Charleston area.

Thank Ashley B
Reviewed 3 days ago

This home was gorgeous as was the view. The docent was extremely interesting. She told us that the occupants viewed the battle at Ft. Sumter from the balcony. They also gave us some lineage information. The third floor is occupied by some decendents.

Thank springtx249
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Glorious setting on the harbor looking out at Ft Sumptner. Still Privately owned and the descendants live the 3rd floor. Authenticity in furnishings, tour guide, and setting. Very enjoyable. Recommend highly for an hour.

Thank skiNebraska
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best historical houses in Charleston. Construction started in 1820 and it was completed in 1825. The Edmonstons left in the 1830s and the Alstons and their descendants have owned the house ever since. The house is across the street from...More

1  Thank Donald M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an interesting property. It is still inhabited on the 3rd floor, the back yard has a B&B, and thr floor plam is federal style at its most basic but overall it is quite nice. The library is fantastic. They have some interesting family...More

2  Thank Anna911
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would have loved to take pictures but it's not allowed due to the value of many of the items. We were also told that descendants of this property still live on the third floor so obviously there was no viewing that area. This home...More

Thank RaginCajun79
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The guided tour is great as the history of the family is thoroughly explained. The house is lovely and looks out over the water. Thought it was worth the admission price. You can't see the top floor as one of the descendants lives there. Also,...More

Thank R J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The house tour is very extensive covering two floors and also the piazza (veranda) where one can see all the way to Fort Sumpter.

Thank Hal S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A knowledgeable and professional tour guide led a small group and shared lots of family history about the former occupants and their descendants (some of who still reside upstairs) Nice to see some unique architectural details as well as furniture pieces.

Thank BeachyBride2010
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great view of the Cooper River. Tour is short. House is lived in, so rooms you see are limited to a few. We learned some interesting facts. The walk leading up to the house was worth it, just look and be amazed. Skip the $12...More

Thank Julie F
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Savannah W
Does it cost anything?
September 24, 2016|
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Response from dancingirlb4 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There are a couple of packages to choose from. You can choose just the house tour or a combination ticket which includes the Middleton Plantation. I recommend the combination ticket. I would check the website for... More
Joyce D
I need their phone number.
April 29, 2016|
Response from Don B | Property representative |
The phone number for Edmondston-Alston House is (843) 722-7171. I hope you'll enjoy your visit!
Martha L
o I need a guild or can I just drop by there?
September 6, 2015|
Response from Don B | Property representative |
All tours at the Edmondston-Alston House are conducted by an expert guide.