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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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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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Interesting layout of house and slave quarters

Excellent audio tour included with admission. Great example of preservation instead of restoration approach to understanding history.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent audio tour included with admission. Great example of preservation instead of restoration approach to understanding history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The unrestored house was interesting in its own way. Very different than the other houses we saw. It was my friends favorite house. I liked having an audio tour. If you wanted to pause it during the tour you could but we just kept up with the audio. You saw many other parts decides just the house. Where slaves lived... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Aiken-Rhett House is unique to other houses you can tour in Charleston. First, it has an audio tour so you can go about the grounds at your own pace. Second, they are preserving without restoring this estate. You can see the evolution of updating the house by the owners through the years. It also still has a slave house... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I visited the Aiken-Rhett House along with its sister house and this was by far my preferred of the two houses. The audio tour was very well done and informative. I really enjoyed this experience and felt I got a lot out of it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful old Charleston home is preserved rather than restored. So interesting to walk around it and hear about the family who lived here for so long!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house wasn't originally on our itinerary but after realizing we would not have enough time to drive out to a plantation, we wanted to visit a historic property that was more than just a house. This fit the bill. The tour is self-guided, and you get a headset that details the history and the furnishings of everything you are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the self guided audio tour of this unrestored home. It's nice to see something that hasn't been prettied up just for tourism. The staff was very nice and seemed genuinely interested in answering our questions. With limited time and unlimited options for tours in Charleston, we're glad we included this one in our itinerary.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an interesting house with an interesting story. Loved the go at your own pace audio guide. The house is un-restored meaning you won't have a vision of it at its former glory but enough remains that you can use your imagination. Wouldn't visit just this house alone, but if you're visiting a few in the area this helps give... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The visit to this house was amazing. Unlike other housing tours in Charleston this one gives you your own headset to listen to the tour guide and go through the house at your own pace. This house has stayed true to its original state and you can still tour the carriage house and the slaves quarters. The best house in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love the self guided tour as well as the incredible way the house has been preserved. Visitors are able to see how it was in the past. The neatest thing is to see the slave quarters which have been preserved as well! Highly recommend it.

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