Nathaniel Russell House

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Nathaniel Russell House
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
A National Historic Landmark, the Nathaniel Russell House Museum was completed in 1808 by merchant Nathaniel Russell. The home’s graceful, free-flying, three-story staircase is an architectural marvel and the elegant interiors with elaborate plasterwork, geometrically shaped rooms, formal gardens and collection of 18th-century decorative and fine art speak to the wealth of Charleston’s elite in the early days of the American Republic. Restored to its original splendor using forensic analysis and cutting-edge conservation technology by our curatorial staff, we ensure the highest standards of old-world expertise to replicate the finishes, fixtures and textiles appropriate for this 200-year old townhouse. The 18 enslaved Africans that lived on and maintained this property are an integral part of its history. Archaeological artifacts, educational panels and ongoing restoration of the enslaved quarters are vital to learning more about the enslaved and telling their important stories.
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Neighborhood: Charlestowne
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN1,113 contributions
Beautifully Restored Historic Home from 1808
Nov 2021 • Couples
There are many historic homes to tour in Charleston and the Nathaniel Russell House was amongst the best. Federal style house built in 1808 by slave trader Nathaniel Russell one of the wealthiest men in Charleston. It has been beautifully restored to it’s original appearance. Excellent 45 minute self guided audio tour takes you in depth through each room of the house. They have only recently began to excavate the slave quarters behind the house and at this point telling the story of the enslaved who worked at the house is not as fully developed as at the Aitkin-Rhett House which is the other historical home you should not miss when visiting Charleston. We purchased the Charleston Heritage Explorer Passport for $49/person which allowed entry to the Nathaniel Russell House and 9 other houses and museums in downtown Charleston over 3 consecutive days and thought this was an excellent value.
Written December 7, 2021
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TexasLSUFan
Sugar Land, TX183 contributions
Best House Tour in Charleston
Nov 2021
We went to several house tours but the Nathaniel Russell House was my favorite. The tour host was very knowledgeable. The home is decorated with period pieces and has a lot of unusual wall paint finishes that are really interesting. No masks were required to visit the house.
Written November 17, 2021
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Timezone Travelers
Venice, FL1,576 contributions
Worth a stop
Sep 2021
beautiful house and great historical stop. The restoration is complete and the whole place is just beautiful.
Written November 16, 2021
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Linda D
New Jersey29 contributions
Great Example of a Restored Historic Home
Sep 2021
This is a favorite of ours when visiting Charleston. It's beautiful inside with such a rich history. Our curator was a bit hard to understand because of her strong dialect but the enthusiasm that she showed when speaking about this house was so wonderful. This is a must see home to visit!
Written November 15, 2021
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JessieNoelle
Cleveland85 contributions
The staircase alone is worth the visit
Oct 2021
I bought a combo ticket for Nathaniel Russel house along with the Aiken-Rhett house. I would highly recommend this, as it saves money and gives you a chance to tour both a restoration house and a preservation house. I enjoyed both houses. I took the self-guided audio tour which is excellent for both houses, great history into the family and house. This house has been restored to the time the Russel's lived there, and I quite enjoyed the color of the bedroom that was restored to it's original shade from a tiny piece that was found. It's a sad fact that Nathaniel Russel made his fortune selling human beings and this house was built on enslaved labor. The staircase is certainly the main attraction to this house, it's beautiful and a marvel. The 24k gold leaf in the upper rooms moldings aren't too shabby, either. Archaeologists are uncovering the kitchen, laundry and enslaved quarters at the back of the house, so it would be interesting to revisit in a few years to see what was discovered.
The gardens are very nice, you walk thru them to enter and leave the house.
Written November 7, 2021
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Ann M
4 contributions
A beautifully restored home
Oct 2021
We were two adults visiting this restored urban home. We purchased the combo ticket and also visited the Aiken Rhett house which, as a preserved rather than restored home. provided an interesting contrast. Here we had an option to tour the home with a guide or via an audio tour available through mobile app or a borrowed device and headphones. We toured with a guide. The staff were very nice and the restored home was lovely. The cantilevered spiral staircase was a marvel. Tip: You do not have to tour both homes in the same day. You can listen again later in the app if you feel you missed anything. The app also includes a city tour.
Written November 1, 2021
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cgny1fwd
Houston, TX1,191 contributions
A Gem
Oct 2021
Do not miss this. The house is a marvel due to great features (suspended staircase, exquisite woodwork,....) and its great state of preservation/restoration. Very nice gardens surround it as well. Tour guide was great. Her explanations were so thorough that there was no need for questions
Written November 1, 2021
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Kimberly B
Smithville, NJ636 contributions
Definitely take the guided tour of this beautiful home
Oct 2021
We took the guided tour that starts on the hour. The docent that guided us through the home was phenomenal. Her excitement and knowledge of this home and everything about the family was evident. My husband and I loved it and both felt it was the best thing we did our 5 days in Charleston. The staircase and painting that hangs above it were real standouts to me. At $15 each this is a real bargain and a history lesson of the period.
Written October 30, 2021
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travelinspiration
Dallas, TX218 contributions
Our 2nd favorite home tour - ties with the Joseph Manigault home.
Oct 2021
Beautiful home in fantastic area - stunning staircase, wonderful docent guide. Went during the week and got right in, though beware sometimes staffing shortages at some of the homes so they might only start on the hour. Get there few mins before and buy tickets online. Do not miss this home - it is a must see and wonderful history!
Written October 27, 2021
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Mary
3 contributions
Great tour guide
Oct 2021
The docent is a former teacher, and her presentation skills certainly reflected that. The tour was well-paced and interesting. We visited several houses, and this tour was definitely the best. Highly recommend.
Written October 25, 2021
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