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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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Very Insightful, Self Guided Audio Tour

Not restored at all, but more interesting in that it has many years of history. No A/C. About 1 Hr is good. Different experience than other mansions

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not restored at all, but more interesting in that it has many years of history. No A/C. About 1 Hr is good. Different experience than other mansions

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Of all the five houses I visited, this was the best! Audioguide allowed us to set our own pace, unlike all the other places where you had to be there by whole or half hours and follow the guide. Another advantage of this house was that its slave quarter was also well preserved, which is not the case with the... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

As I strolled through the different rooms my mind began to drift into another era- the 1800s to be exact. This place is unique in that it hasn't been touched since then. It's beautiful affordable and if you love History you must go!

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White Hall, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have not been in this beautiful house in decades but I am sure it is still the amazing gem it has been for ages. If you are interested in authentic period pieces of furniture and china and portraits this must no be missed. The docents are knowable and pleased to share their knowledge.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a totally different experience from visiting most historical homes and really allows you a chance to see house a house like this changed over the ages. While I still love visiting fully restored houses, I feel like I learned much more by touring this one. Would definitely recommend getting the double ticket with the Nathaniel-Russell House because it... More 

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Lafayette, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

With a Charleston Heritage Passport, we began with this home on Charleston's north side. This was an interesting home in that the outbuildings still exist and the home, still not climate controlled, exists as it was. It was family occupied until mid 20th century. A beautiful structure. Our only complaint was that the audio tour was not overly interesting. The... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What we found interesting about this tour was the ability to travel back in time (mentally) and to the 1970s as we followed the audio tour. The house has many features remaining from pre-Civil War, the Reconstruction period, and into the 20th century.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this self-guided tour of a home and slave quarters - there's no air conditioning so you got a sense of what it was like in the 1800s. Wonderful local books a

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Ringwood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This property belongs to the Historic Charleston Foundation and it was a pleasure to visit the house (self audio guided tour). The audio guide was great, provided many details and was very well put together. My wife and I walked around some more after the end of the audio part. A very fine example of a historic urban plantation. I... More 

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Smithfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an audio tour so you can go at your own pace. The people were very friendly. The house is very close to the Visitors Center.

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