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Aiken-Rhett House

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Address: 48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
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+1 843-723-1159
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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique in...

The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique in many ways. For example, it remained in the hands of family descendents for 142 years until it was sold to The Charleston Museum and opened as a museum house in 1975. Historic Charleston Foundation purchased the house in 1995 and adopted a conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings.

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Ahh to the Past!

This house is untouched per the tour guide and you are offered a self-guided audio tour that last around 45 minutes, but it is an easily unhurried pace. You will see a glimpse to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This house is untouched per the tour guide and you are offered a self-guided audio tour that last around 45 minutes, but it is an easily unhurried pace. You will see a glimpse to urban slavery-a haunting time for Charleston. The house and grounds are being preserved 'untouched,' but makes one wonderful how long will this last before the need... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Aiken-Rhett house really brings you back in time. You will learn what urban slavery was like if you visit along with the various accomplishments of Governor William Rhett. Absolutely worth a visit.

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Eden, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When we walked in and received an MP3 player and headphones, we weren't sure what to think, but this was one of the highlights of out trip. We enjoyed that the house had not been "prettied up." It felt so authentic and we could really imagine what it must have been like to live there back in the day.

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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This house has a lot of history and info to share! It was great to see the differences of the "town houses" to the plantation houses. I loved it!

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Minneapolis, MN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed the audio tour at my own speed, with staff more than willing to answer questions. The house was really a step back in time.

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The self-guided tour with explanation through personal audio device (provided) was very well done, and since this property has not been restored there are some interesting aspects of historical life that are more easily seen and understood. Time well spent.

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house is in a state of disrepair which I found refreshing after visiting so many restored homes. The slave quarters were interesting and chores performed by the slaves explained, however, there was little acknowledgement that the family fortune was made possible because of the free labor on plantations and the house was built and maintained by slave labor. Not... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some Museum houses in Charleston are restored to the point you feel like you are walking through a occupied residence of the social elite. Not this place! The Aiken-Rhett house transports you back in time. It's cared for built not restored. Some original wallpaper, paint rugs make for a very authentic experience. If you chose one house to tour, consider... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My spouse and I visited the Aiken-Rhett House on a Saturday morning in mid-November 2016. The house is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Sundays from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Plan to spend at least one hour for the self-guided audio tour, which describes the families that occupied the house, its rooms, and... More 

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Charleston SC, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This house tour is definately my favorite in Charleston. It has a lot of period furnishings, the stables and slave quarters. The taped quided tour provides a lot of interesting information. I have done this tour often and will continue to. Charming!

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