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Nathaniel Russell House

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Address: 51 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-2536
Phone Number: +1 843-724-8481
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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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A lovely property

We had the double ticket with the Aiken-Rhett house which is well worth getting as this is the superbly restored one of the pair. Our guide Mary-Lou was first class, really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had the double ticket with the Aiken-Rhett house which is well worth getting as this is the superbly restored one of the pair. Our guide Mary-Lou was first class, really knowledgable and brought the history to life. The furnishings and fittings are contemporary with the house although not of the house but fit so well. The proportions of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour guide shared wonderful knowledge. The house and grounds were beautiful . I was really amazed at craftsmanship

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woodstock, ct
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful house-an old idea of a mansion unlike the monstrosities of today. Airy, delicate with a wonder of a staircase and beautiful rooms including two ovals. The history is interesting -the ups and downs of the house and families over time. If you are looking for a fully restored and furnished mansion, the Calhoun tour is probably... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the tour guide was very interesting. the house was updated to include air conditioning making it good to visit in a hot day. the stairway was amazing....the gardens were beautiful....this was an enjoyable visit. do not buy the joint ticket for the atkins-rhett house....it was in bad shape....this house was great

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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you buy a combined ticket for the two houses, it's just $16 which is a great deal for the money. At this house, you see a home restored to period condition, all most tastefully done. Though many of the furnishings weren't from the Russells, they give you the idea of their lifestyle, and that of their slaves. It's a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This house was beautiful and interesting. The staircase was amazing. The tour is brief and we only got to go into 1 room upstairs but it gave us a good idea of how they lived back then. Loved the symmetry used in the architecture

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Port Moody, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The staircase is a sight to behold and spirals three floors. The marriage was a loveless marriage. The home was given to the City of Charleston, they are painstakingly restoring it to it's former beauty. The home belonged to Nathaniel Russell, the interior has elaborate plasterwork ornamentation, geometrically shaped rooms.

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Portage, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a recommendation from our hotel to take the tour at the Nathaniel Russell house and we were impressed with the house and our your guide. Wonderful information on each room and the spiral staircase was amazing.

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Chester, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Toured as part of the 3 day passport purchased at the visitor center. I recommend the passport. The restoration is well done. The staircase is something to see! Highly recommended!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful restoration that is continuing. Interesting, but brief tour. Cantilevered staircase is highlight.

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