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Nathaniel Russell House

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Neighborhood: Charlestowne
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Address: 51 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-2536
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The Foundation welcomes visitors to explore daily life in one of...

The Foundation welcomes visitors to explore daily life in one of Charleston's most exquisite dwellings. Located in Downtown Charleston near High Battery, the Nathaniel Russell House Museum, 51 Meeting Street, is widely recognized as one of America's most important neoclassical dwellings. Historic Charleston Foundation purchased the National Historic Landmark in 1955, and the house served as the Foundation's headquarters for 37 years. Today, the interiors are restored to their original 1808 grandeur and surrounded by formal gardens.

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As a City of Charleston Guide, I always Recommend the N.R. House

I started in college giving tours of the Nathanial Russell House and the Edmonston Alston House at 21 E. Battery. These two along with the Heyward Washington House on Church you... read more

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I started in college giving tours of the Nathanial Russell House and the Edmonston Alston House at 21 E. Battery. These two along with the Heyward Washington House on Church you can do in one day and are around the corner from each other. Walk! Take time to linger in the gardens and on the joggling board. Take a picnic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This fully- furnished home is a must-see on your visit to Charleston. It is an outstanding example of a Federal -Style townhouse, once owned by the merchant Nathaniel Russell, and it was built in 1808. If for nothing else, come and see this home for its' magnificent spiral staircase!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The oval floating staircase was amazing. The whole house, or at least the two floors we could see were very cool. I loved that it had ovals, rectangles and squares in the design of the home. Furnished with furnishings from the time period but not the family. Well worth the visit. We visited 6 homes and this was probably my... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Nathaniel Russell house was absolutely fine to visit but I highly recommend getting the ticket for both houses (Aiken-Rhett) and experiencing both. In comparison, the NR house was very dry and a more passive experience. The staircase was very cool though and at 18$ for the pair, you can't go wrong!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautifully restored; magnificent interior design; world class three story cantilever spiral staircase; by tour only--good 30+ tours for $12. Highly recommended

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I would have loved to have met the Russell family. Obviously had a lot of class. The home is beautiful with a lot of period furniture. The guide was very knowledgable. I would have loved to climb the three story circular stairs, but they are closed off to preserve them.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't miss an opportunity to see this beautiful home and go on one of the docent-led tours. The docent (I think ours was named Lucy) will explain a lot of the history of the home, and give details about the multiple period artifacts. They have done a good job of trying to incorporate the history of enslaved Africans with the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful House. Fascinating history and architecture. Good tour. Built in 1808, magnificent free-flying staircase. Charleston's Golden Age.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The problem with visiting historic Charleston, South Carolina, is there are so many things to see. How do you schedule enough time to see them all? Or do you save something for a later time? Or do you fill your itinerary with certain things and leave others off your priority list? Which historic sites? Which museums? Which antebellum homes? Which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is much to see in Charleston. And this is one historic home you absolutely must see. It is indeed beautiful, with some of the most beautiful antiques and decor in the city. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable, that it became a true, and fun, learning experience. Highly recommended for anyone who loves history and/or decor/furnishings.

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