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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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing architecture, rich history, ornate details and a tour guide who really knew her stuff... that’s our experience. What made it a bit less grand was the amount of amazing art and artifacts that cluttered the place! Yes...if you can imagine an over abundance of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This beautiful mansion from the Gilded Age is now a private residence offering tours of the first two floors. The home itself is stunning with woodwork and flooring that is artistry in it's own right. The charming docent who left the tour was extremely knowledgeable...More

Date of experience: January 2019
11  Thank Sheilaoven
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an incredible treat. The house itself is beautiful with its woods and other architectural delights. The present owner has collected curios from all over the world and its absolutely fascinating . Our guide was a young man who was very knowledgeable and had a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
12  Thank Sebastian3962
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were amazed by the collection of various artifacts and antiquities. Our tour guide was great and knew the house’s inventory well. The house has been featured in the Notebook and the North and South TV miniseries, so it was neat in itself just to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. This mansion recreates the opulence of the Gilded Age in spades. Everywhere you look there is some sort of interesting trinket. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the rooms and their contents. It's a current residence whose owner allows tours. I'd love to meet...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were walking in the neighborhood and decided to take the tour of this lovely home and grounds. The history of the home is interesting and it is wonderful that someone was able to acquire the home and save it from demolition. The house itself...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 13, 2019

Amazing, overwhelming collection of antiques that rival museums. Excellent tour guide who emphasizes the house is not antebellum but an outstanding example of the "gilded age". Don't miss it!!

Date of experience: January 2019
17  Thank bettyroy1
Reviewed January 12, 2019

While I personally would have enjoyed a bit more information on the actual architecture, our guide was quite knowledgeable about the plethora of items in the home. As with any collection, some things appeal to one person, others to a different individual. All in all,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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This is from a bot. Same people who wrote the earlier negative “ reviews”.look at the other “ reviews”this fictional person has posted re other businesses .totally “ fake” and deceptive. Trip advisor should put a stop to republishing totally false and deliberatly harmful “...More

Reviewed January 5, 2019

Had we known there was a longer tour available with advance reservations, we absolutely would have taken that one. We had no idea how much there was to see in this amazing, historic home. We arrived just a few minutes before the 30 minute tour...More

Date of experience: January 2019
22  Thank nhpm900
Reviewed January 4, 2019

there is so much to see within the Calhoun Mansion that you could take this tour multiple times and see something you didn't see on your prior tour. Each room is full of amazing collectibles. Our guide, Heather, was knowledgeable and delightful in sharing the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
22  Thank 464paulah
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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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Dora1893
November 18, 2017|
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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
chicago, illinois
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.