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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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A magnificent house

This is one house not to be missed. The view out to the water is beautiful as well. The house is beautifully restored and is available to be seen with the Charleston Heritage... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one house not to be missed. The view out to the water is beautiful as well. The house is beautifully restored and is available to be seen with the Charleston Heritage Passport, purchased at the Charleston Visitors Center. The area around this house as well is not to be missed.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the tour and how beautifully the home had been restored. Not one of the more glamorous homes of the area, but historically correct.

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Boston, MA area
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our docent was wonderful and very knowledgeable about this historic home. This is a true Charleston family home full of life and tastefully decorated. Love the view of Ft. Sumter from the windows. One can imagine a family living here. This gives the perfect feel for old Charleston. An old oil painting on loan from Yale University shows the home... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great example of civil war period home. Nice to visit a place which has only ever been owned by two families. You will visit the ground floor and the second floor public rooms, but no bedrooms, kitchen or stables.

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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a Southerner, I have my opinions on the "war between the states." Here is where it started. Fort Sumter is visible from the front of the house, and the opening battle of the Civil War was directed from here. The house is beautiful, but the family history is even more interesting. I highly encourage everyone to see this house.... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this to be a veryn interesting tour. The guide was very good and told his stories in a very interesting and friendly way. We toured the first two floors, the third florr being off limits since the Alston decendants still live in the house. I highly recomend the tour.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quite impressive to stand on the balcony and look across at Fort Sumter knowing that the commanding officer was in this exact spot during the conflict.

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Walpole, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've always wanted to tour one of the many beautiful homes on or near the battery. This home had been recommended by a wide and we were very happy we went. The guides on sight were very knowledgeable and friendly. We very much appreciated that the tour groups are very small so that you can hear what the guide is... More 

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Covington, GA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I really enjoyed seeing this beautiful home and taking the tour. The home is decorate much as it was long ago. There are some amazing pieces here including a pardon for the owner signed by the President after the Civil War, some china and silver from the families that have owned it and many other paintings and... More 

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Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Edmondston-Alston House is a wonderfully preserved period home to tour in Charleston. The tour it self is informative and interesting. My wife and I enjoy touring restored period homes in our travels and were not disappointed. Views and pictures from the second floor porch are wonderful.

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