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Aiken-Rhett House

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Address: 48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
Phone Number: +1 843-723-1159
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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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Preserved Period House

This is a preserved home, not restored to its grandeur. It was once grand but since it was not properly maintained over many decades, is not much to see visually. But a great... read more

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lititz
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a preserved home, not restored to its grandeur. It was once grand but since it was not properly maintained over many decades, is not much to see visually. But a great place to go to see what might have been had it been maintained. Great family story also.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We thought we might have time to visit 2 historic planter town mansions, but ended only having time to visit one. I am so glad we got a chance to visit the Aiken-Rhett House. It was lived in by the family until it was donated to the Preservation Society. Touring the house gave me a feel for how the South's... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a substantial property which has not been renovated but much of which remains in original condition (subject to hurricane Hugo who did it no favours) which makes it unusual in a city of restored homes but also makes it stand out in terms of its history and ownership of one family for c150yrs. One not to miss.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

we had high expectations going to this house but once inside, we realized that this was a disappointment...the house was in bad unfinished condition and was very warm inside...not making the tour enjoyable... the audio guides were difficult to maneuver

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Invaluable opportunity to see the glorious life lived by a prominent Charleston family supported by the work of their slaves. The slaves' quarters and the kitchen, laundry, stables and other places they worked plus the stairs they took to serve the family. The family quarters, predictably much more grand, show now over time but a hint of their original opulence,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Interesting to see what an original preserve house would look like, but felt like a stock house in many ways and didn't learn anything novel that I didn't already know from grade school

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the one to visit.It ha been maintained not spoilt by renovation.Loved the commentary.This is a real gem to link the past with its roots..Must see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This house was truly amazing. It's like stepping back in time. They didn't restore it, they preserved it. I found it fascinating that 1 lady lived in it until the 1970's and closed rooms off for years. Do yourself a favor and take this tour. It's totally worth every penny

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Do yourself a favor and don't miss this preserved, NOT restored, piece of history. This home has been left, as much as possible, alone so you can experience history as it is and was. The warn down, lived in, nature torn Aiken-Rhett house is a must see on your visit to Charleston. If your looking for shiny, frilly, sparkly things... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited using a 3 day passport on a Sunday September afternoon. The passport was a very good deal. The tour was done via a recording and headphones. The house is not far from the visitor center and museum. I particularly enjoyed the slave quarters and the working spaces (kitchen, carriage house). The art gallery is worth visiting! Recommended.

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