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“A slice of History in a beautifully preserved home”

Edmondston-Alston House
Ranked #22 of 244 things to do in Charleston
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Owner description: Of Charleston's many fine house museums, only the Edmondston-Alston House (constructed in 1825 and enhanced in 1838) commands a magnificent view of Charleston Harbor. From its piazza, General P. T. Beauregard watched the fierce bombardment of Ft. Sumter on April 12, 1861, signaling the start of the Civil War. And on December 11 of the same year, the house gave refuge to General Robert E. Lee the night a wide-spreading fire threatened his safety in a Charleston hotel. Much like the Middleton Place House Museum, the collection at the Edmondston-Alston House Museum consists of pieces that belonged to the family, reflecting not only family history but American history. Despite the ravages of the Civil War, the Earthquake of 1886 and numerous hurricanes, the Alston family pieces remain in place much as they have for over 150 years. Notable in the collection is an original print of the Ordinance of Secession, portraits, dining room table, gas lights, mirror and exquisite interior woodwork.
Reviewed January 3, 2012

There is a lot of history in the house...even by Charleston standards. Form here, the bombing of Ft. Sumpter was witnessed by the leaders of the day. And many of the original furnishings and decor has been preserved. A beautiful house and a really nice tour. Well worth a vist.

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Reviewed January 3, 2012

This is a large, three story house which was built and occupied by a rope magnate and family and is still lived in by a family member. The tours are $10, given daily, and the house is beautifully furnished and decorated. We were allowed to sit out on the portico, looking out at the harbor, on a gorgeous December day. It was very peaceful and you can see Fort Sumter, where the first cannon shot of the Civil War was fired, from the portico.

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Reviewed January 2, 2012

Good for those who like short tours because of impatient children or bad backs. There are some interesting things to see, like the pardon signed by president jackson. The family's ties to revolutionary history is pretty interesting too. We paired it with the Middleton House which also was interesting, but overall a bit too thin for the effort.

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Reviewed January 1, 2012

We had visited the Middleton Plantation earlier in the day and while we had some time, we thought we would visit this house as well. It is beautiful, has phenomenal views and wonderful furnishings. Our docent was very knowledgable and enjoyable. Had we known we were going to visit this house, it would have been cost effective to purchase the two tickets together at Middleton. That said, they gave us a discount when we purchased the tickets after showing our previous tickets. Worth a visit. Gorgeous "town house" and typical of the period in Charleston.

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Reviewed December 30, 2011

Nice old home to visit and if you are staying at The Mills House Hotel, you will enjoy the bit of history the hotel and this house shares in regards to the fire of 1861 and Robert E. Lee.

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