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One of Charleston's architectural treasures, this historic mansion went through a succession of occupants and uses, gradually deteriorating until it was condemned in 1972. The house was then purchased by a Charleston native who spent 25 years and...more
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Our office took a day-trip to visit. We are in the fine art and antique business, and we have never seen such an extraordinary private collection and recreation of a gilded-age mansion. Some of the most exceptional objects outside of a museum we have ever...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CharltonHall
Reviewed 3 days ago

When we read that the Calhoun Mansion dated back to 1876, and that it was most recently purchased by a preservationist we were excited to take tour. What we expected to see was more in line with what the Flagler's have created with their gilded...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Annie S
Dream05058329010, Manager at The Calhoun Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

This “ review” again requires a short response. We remember this lady from a tour earlier this week. She came with a number of other guests. When she walked in the front doors entering the main hallway, she announced she wanted to leave . She...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

It feels weird to rate this tour 'average' because nothing about this place is average. It couldn't be more unusual, actually. But the tour you take is less of the house than of all the many things crowded into it - the art and artifacts...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank julie248
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I just toured the Calhoun Mansion. I think the tickets were 17 or 18 dollars each. We were told that the Mansion was 22,000 sq feet. We were taken to about 10 different rooms to peer in to on the first &...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Dream05058329010, Manager at The Calhoun Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sorry you didn’t get to see enough of the mansion.... but it’s all that can be included ( the main floors and rooms) in a thirty or forty minute tour, especially as we limit the size of a tour to just twenty people. That amount...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Calhoun mansion was one of the best tours I’ve ever taken it gives you the most bang for your buck on any tour that I’ve been on in Charleston. The home is like the Versailles of France just smaller. The tour guide news such...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank markalangoldberg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was really foolish not to have read the reviews before forking up the money for the tour. This house has basically nothing to do with John C. Calhoun, and just trades on his name. The present owner is a hoarder and has filled the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank happytraveller914
justcallmetom, Web Consultant at The Calhoun Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We normally find it best not to respond to any "reviews", good or bad, on social media. But, in regards to this review, we felt it necessary to do otherwise. John C Calhoun had absolutely nothing to do with the creation or building of the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't be fooled by the name, Calhoun was a descendant of John C. who married the original owner's daughter and only lived in the house for a very brief time before squandering his fortune. House went through many incarnations over the years and only the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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justcallmetom, Web Consultant at The Calhoun Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We normally find it best not to respond to any "reviews", good or bad, on social media. But, in regards to this review, we felt it necessary to do otherwise. John C Calhoun had absolutely nothing to do with the creation or building of the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a magnificent sight—or rather, sights! First of all, the exterior of the home is absolutely gorgeous. The architecture of the building and garden are in pristine condition. You can walk around the garden for free. You buy your tour tickets in the gift shop,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I toured the house after reading some of the reviews. It was a fantastic visit. The house is filled with museum quality pieces and artifacts. Our hostess Kelsie was wonderful. She answered all of our questions and shared many interesting facts about...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank DrJ5451
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The collection inside this gilded age mansion verges on a treasure/junk filled, querky. antique store. Not to everyone's taste, but made more lively by excellent tour guide.

Date of experience: November 2018
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ROBERTSMA
June 13, 2018|
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Response from RobertMass013 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late answer; the Calhoun Mansion is within reasonable, but not short, walking distance of historic hotels.
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Dora1893
November 18, 2017|
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Response from Frankie V | Property representative |
it was named after the grand son of John C Calhoun, Patrick, married sarah Williams.
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Response from Abbie007 | Reviewed this property |
Although the house was built by George Williams, at his death it was inherited by his son-in-law, Patrick Calhoun. The house was called the Calhoun Mansion from that time.
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kweston
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Charleston House Tours (9 Replies)
My family is only in Charleston for about a day and some change next week. We have a walking tour planned for the afternoon and would like to tour some plantations the next day prior to heading to the airport. Would very much like to tour one or two houses during any spare time we have. According to TripAdvisor, the Aiken-Rhett, Edmonston-Alston, Calhoun Mansion, and Nathaniel Russell Houses (in that order) are worth checking out. Would love some insight from those who have been to...More
December 20, 2011|
Response fromkiawahvilla|
Another thought ... It may be difficult to "tour some plantations ... prior to heading to airport" unless you have a late flight. In such a short trip, you might want to concentrate only seeing more of the historic district.
solprincesa
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Best Plantations and Ghost Tours to Visit (5 Replies)
My husband and I will be in town for a few days and want to visit a coulple plantations. They all look beautiful, but would like some recommendations. Looking into Middleton Place (dont think this is original though) and Calhoun Mansion, Drayton Hall. We are also interested in a couple Ghost Tours, any recommendations. Thanks!
January 21, 2007|
Response fromAileen679|
Magnolia Plantation is another great one to visit. It's just down the road from Middleton. If you aren't really interested in the houses, You can skip them and spend all your time on the grounds.
R J
Dallas, Texas
Best historic homes to visit (6 Replies)
We will be in Charleston for three days in May. We are planning on taking one day to see the plantations and another day to see the other historic homes. I have researched and found six main historic homes: Nathaniel Russell, Calhoun mansion, Aiken-Rhett , Edmonton-Alston, Joseph Manigault, Heyward-Washington. I don't think I will ever be able to get my family to all of them even though I would be up for it! I would appreciate input as to the top 4 to visit. In other words, if you had to...More
April 16, 2017|
Response fromendosunshine|
Skip the Calhoun Mansion. Many, many people are disappointed with it, one of the reasons is that it is just crammed full of stuff and hard to really enjoy. Check the reviews and you will see.