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Edmondston-Alston House

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Address: 21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
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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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Beautifully maintained City mansion.

A beautiful mansion, lovely architecture, great proportions. Ticket price was modest, $12. We gathered on the porch and awaited our turn. The tour was around 30 mins and run by... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A beautiful mansion, lovely architecture, great proportions. Ticket price was modest, $12. We gathered on the porch and awaited our turn. The tour was around 30 mins and run by a volunteer, who gave us the history of the home and families that have owned it. The present owner (4th generation...if I remember correctly) still lives on site (3rd floor... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We has a great guide to this beautiful 1828 home. We ran overtime as she had so much history to share and she obviously loved the home. There was a genealogy chart that showed the owners, one of whom still lives there. Some stories say the owners saw the battle of Fort Sumpter. Every piece of furniture and decor had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful Home and grounds. The tours are very interesting and full of wonderful information and items from the early south.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you can only see one historic house museum, this is the one to see. Look for special events at Christmas they are wonderful. They have special events during the house and garden tour , as well as other times of the year. Check their website.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were wandering along the riverfront gazing at the beautiful homes, when I remarked to my husband how I would love to go inside one. As fate would have it, we happened upon the Edmondston-Alston House - we saw a sign posted indicating you could buy combo tickets for Middleton Place (which we planned to do), so we went inside.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A MUST for all that visit Charleston, locals too. Staff is very knowledgeable. Enjoy the history, antiques, pictures, stories.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed the tour of the Edmondston - Alston House on Rainbow Row. The guide was extremely knowledgeable from the ancestry of the home and the history of the residents to the furnishings which for me was the highlight. The paintings / portraits / Watercolors were excellent and he knew who each was and who painted them. We tried... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My spouse and I visited the Edmondston-Alston House on a Saturday afternoon in mid-November 2016. The museum is open for guided tours from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm Mondays through Saturdays, and from 1:30 pm until 4:30 pm on Sundays. Admission is $12 for adults (which is included in the Charleston Heritage Passport). Docents lead 30-minute guided tours on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A look into life during the plantation Era. This was the City home for the Middleton Plantation. Charming all the way. Knowledgeable tour guides. Included a lot of the history of Charleston, and the plantation families. The location is set right on the Battery so a great walk to and from it. We go there every time visitors come to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As we were walking we saw the Edmondston-Alston house and decided to take the tour. The tour guide was very informative and you can tell she was passionate about it. The library desk was breathtaking. I really enjoyed the art work and listening to the history of the house. The view was incredible.

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