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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
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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Beautiful historic home and grounds, perfectly paired with the Aiken-Rhett House

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 days ago NEW

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

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very interesting home to tour. The floating spiral staircase that takes up 1/3 of the square feet space of this house is amazing -the rooms are beautiful and are in instant upgrading as historians find out new information about the time period. Our tour guide brought the family to life for us as we visited each room... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Was with friends on a vacation in Charleston and this house made the list of to-do's. Also went to the Calhoun Mansions (much more interesting) and the Middleton Plantation outside of town (much different, obviously, and better). Could have skipped this house and been fine. Would not put it down as a must-see. Spiral staircase was impressive, but overall sense... More 

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Bella Vista, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tour leader gave many interesting details about the families who owned it. Also did well in telling about some of the furniture, she seemed a little rushed but did give us time to take any photos we wanted. Explained how the rooms related to the customs and life style of the early 1800's. I wish she had spent more time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were on the last tour of the day and I must admit I was a little skeptical. Our docent was a volunteer that obviously valued the house and enjoyed giving the tour. She ended up answering my questions just before I had a chance to ask them making the tour very enjoyable and educational.

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