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Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
+1 843-723-1159
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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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48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
+1 843-723-1159
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Reviewed December 17, 2015

The Charleston Historical Society has decided to leave this mansion and slave quarters in its unrestored state. The guys in your group will find being able to see the lathes under the plaster, floor boards, nails etc. of the decaying mansion interesting. Love the piazzas...More

1  Thank DeniseMaryM
Reviewed December 5, 2015

Great example of original way various generation lived, without the house and adjacent buildings being updated and 'colored'. Would have liked to see more of the house, but understand need to keep it safe for all. Recommended visit !

Thank Andy J
Reviewed December 2, 2015

Aiken-Rhett House differs from other historic sites especially in this area in that it has been preserved and not been restored. Much of the site is vacant but illustrates how old the house and outbuildings are. In addition, it is unique in that it remained...More

3  Thank C K
Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

Luv the authenticity of this mansion that when you get there you seem to be frozen back in time, its different from the old mansions we visited before as this kept the house as is with no restoration and let it just grow old in...More

1  Thank Cesar B
Reviewed December 2, 2015

The self-guided tour headsets are a good way to view this home, and I enjoyed my visit. Even though the home is un-restored and excessively empty, the pre-recorded descriptions and period photos help tell its story nicely. Watch your step in the back slave quarters,...More

2  Thank Jeb R
Reviewed November 29, 2015

The Aiken-Rhett property is only 1 block from Visitor's Center and a very easy, leisurely walk through a park. $12 for a self guided audio tour, which was great to be on your own time and not controlled by a docent. House is preserved with...More

3  Thank kythoro
Reviewed November 23, 2015

Different from any other house tour, this house has not been restored, but just preserved. It was kind of spooky walking through, but for the same reason we found it very interesting to imagine what it was like in the day. When you get there...More

Thank Ricmar60
Reviewed November 21, 2015

I chose this house out of the 6 historical house museums because it was preserved not restored. The house seemed a bit like a haunted house, the walls were peeling and there was minimal furniture, the entire place looked like it was falling apart. Walking...More

Thank Rachel_ilk
Reviewed November 21, 2015

I really enjoyed this experience and knowing that I didn't have time to get out of town to see a real plantation house this got me someway towards experiencing it. The headphone self guided tour works well. Learn how to fast forward it just in...More

Thank Simon D
Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

We did the 2 for 1 house deal- this one & the Nathaniel Russell House. The Aiken-Rhett House was WAY better! 10x more things to see, more history, more rooms, plus it's a headphone tour so you get lots of details. This is good for...More

2  Thank hornedfrog12
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Ryan H
March 28, 2017|
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Response from Kristen H | Reviewed this property |
There are multiple houses that have joint offers. The Aiken-Rhett House allows you to buy a joint ticket with the Natheniel Russell House. You can the ticket at either house the day of.
Gina H
November 18, 2015|
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