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Address: 48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29401
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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Not your typical historic house

Don't go to the Aiken-Rhett House expecting it to be restored to its original glory, this house looks like it did when the family moved out not too long ago.The tour really takes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Meredith_Bower
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Baltimore, Maryland

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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Don't go to the Aiken-Rhett House expecting it to be restored to its original glory, this house looks like it did when the family moved out not too long ago.The tour really takes you back in time as you wander through the rooms that are simply being conserved. It's worth a visit and I would recommend using the combo ticket... More 

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Sammamish, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Aiken-Rhett house was a sort of "urban plantation" in the antebellum era. You can wander through the entire grounds via an audio tour that is very well done. The place has a feel of southern decay and these were the first slave quarters I saw during my visit. Sobering.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the only 'historic' house we visited that was left in it's original condition. It made for a serious look back in our history, the slave quarters were sad though. I would've preferred a 'human' guided tour, but the headphone information sufficed. This place is a must on your visit to Charleston.

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Summerville, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this for the first time last month. For all the museum houses I have seen in Charleston, this one really impressed me. Not for the current condition, but rather the extravagant and palatial history of this mansion. Pictures of the rooms in their heyday appear in several places within the mansion. The pictures are quite extravagant. The outside... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My goodness, what an incredible home. I had never been to an "urban plantation" before and found it fascinating.

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This home provides an excellent look at Charleston in the 1800's. Upon entering the home, you receive headphones and an audio tour to follow. Stop at any time to look further. This is one of the few homes downtown with slave quarters available for viewing. Other homes in downtown contain furniture and decor in the old style not original to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent tour! Plan on just under an hour to truly enjoy it. Well worth the very reasonable admission fee. Some nice finds in the gift shop, and very friendly staff/docents.

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A well preserved un-renovated home with all the support (read slave) facilities in evidence and clearly underscored. Following a visit to the slave market and McLeod plantation the near total reliance on slavery for the success of Charleston and the wealth of the ruling white class is nicely consolidated by a visit to this site.

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San Antonio, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The narrative on tape was very well done. Very informative in understanding how a household like this was run.

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Tamarac, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great audio tour of a home that has NOT been restored and retains all of the beauty of its era. Wonderful grounds, history and ambiance.

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