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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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+1 843-724-8481
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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The other "half" to the Aiken-Rhett House

If you bought the combo ticket at the Aiken-Rhett house, this is the other half of the tour. This is a beautiful house that has been thru several renovations. It is a live tour... read more

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Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you bought the combo ticket at the Aiken-Rhett house, this is the other half of the tour. This is a beautiful house that has been thru several renovations. It is a live tour and seems very comprehensive. Tour guide was wonderful and seemed to know all there was to know about the house and its history. Very open to... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This home offers one of best glimpses back to olde Charleston's Merchants' lifestyles. You visit two floors and spend about 35-40 minutes with a wonderfully informative guide and the 'floating' 3-story staircase is must see. Highly recommended during your visit to Charleston.

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Rockledge, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Tour was interesting and house was beautiful but was disappointed we didn't get to see the whole house or learn much about the people who lived there. Our guide spent most of the time talking about the furniture and decor. Thought there would be more a tour of the grounds, slave quarters, etc.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in the heart of the Charleston historic district, this beautiful home has been restored by the Historic Charleston Foundation, and is well worth the tour which includes one of the foundations very knowledgeable guides.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This historic home is a must for history buffs or anyone wanting to experience a fine Charleston home. The staircase is called "flying" because you can see no supports and it continues for three floors I believe. We were told on our visit, we were one of the last groups that would be able to walk up because it had... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed this tour, but it was a little brief. Lots of lovely things to look at, but not as much of the house was available to actually "tour" as we would have liked. Still, a step back in time with some great historical artifacts and period representations that really help paint the portrait of Charleston that is so textured.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We toured this home on our last day in Charleston and it was a lovely end to our visit. The guide for our tour was so passionate about his subject, it made for a very enjoyable tour. The spiral staircase is so extraordinary; we had seen the only known other one in Loreto Chapel in Santa Fe. It was interesting... More 

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a worthwhile experience not only because the house is interesting - the staircase alone is worth seeing - but especially because our guide was so well informed and clearly interested himself in the history.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once the home of wealthy shipping merchant, Nathaniel Russell, this impressive house on Meeting Street has been restored to reflect life of the elite in the early 1800s. Fine and decorative arts from the 18th and 19th centuries are evident as you explore the various rooms. A magnificent free-flying staircase cannot be ignored (although sadly visitors can no longer use... More 

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Belmont, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We toured the Nathaniel Russell House with a guide who apparently has been giving tours of the house for decades, and was tremendously enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The house itself if utterly gorgeous, and the wooden spiral staircase is both beautiful and kind of astonishing. A lot of care has been taken to return all the walls to their original colors,... More 

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