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“Great historic attracton in beautiful Charleston, SC”

Edmondston-Alston House
Ranked #21 of 240 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
“Great historic attracton in beautiful Charleston, SC”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

My friend and I loved the tour of the Edmondston-Alston House! The house is beautifully preserved and overlooks the Battery in downtown Charleston. We were graciously welcomed by Nancy DeMay at the start of our tour, and our house tour guide was fantastic. Thank you for a lovely experience!

Visited June 2012
Thank Penny S
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Green Valley, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful home of history”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

Tour guide well versed in the history of this home. It was just beautiful. All the history is astounding and it was so enjoyable. Highly recommend visiting this home.

Visited September 2012
Thank azsunrise
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Lakeway, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“See how the rich really lived pre civil war”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

This home is amazing. It is right on the Battery over looking the harbor and was owned by one of the richest families in Charleston pre civil war. What is amazing is that all the families furniture and silver etc. is still there from the 1700s! When you walk up the grand staircase, you are walking up the same steps as General Robert E. Lee. If you are a history buff this is a must see. You can get a combined ticket for this house and the Middleton Garden Plantation if interested. Our guide Mr. Boyd did a wonderful job explaining what life was like for this very wealthy family. An odd fact is that one of the remaining family members still lives in the house on the third floor (which was off limits). It kind of blew our minds. That's the south for you.

Visited September 2012
Thank Mary O
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Tryon, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fresh and excited tour guides at E-A House”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

I had such a wonderful time touring a Charleston treasure last week. From the moment I walked into the Edmondson-Alston House, I felt so welcomed by a polite and attentive staff. Everyone seemed so excited about just being there and providing their help.

I had the distinct pleasure of being in the company of Virginia Mizel, the museum director, who was so welcoming. What was the most striking about my tour was how genuinely proud everyone was about this wonderful home!

The home is in such remarkable shape, with the sight and sounds of a majestic Charleston treasure. The house spells fresh, as the air moves through the rooms after visiting the beautiful Charleston gardens outside. The pictures, antiques, and original artifacts are breathtaking.

I would suggest everyone touring Charleston to visit this masterpiece and step into the past with this wonderful group of knowledgeable tour guides.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Kirk G
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A tour guide can ruin it all”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

My wife and I spotted this house while walking along the Battery and dropped in for a tour. $12 is a fair price. The architecture is impressive and the decor is really neat to see with your own eyes. However, the witch of a tour guide must be stopped. She has information, but she hates to share it. I knew better than to ask any questions. I picked up on her annoyed vibe. However, a few people who did ask questions she answered with, "Well, what do YOU think?"

The other strangers on the tour were very nice and polite people. They didn't ask a single lame question. Every question they asked, I secretly wanted to ask, but knew the witch would ride high on her ancient broom stick. All of that being said, it's one thing if the tour guide was simply unfriendly and preferred to dispense the info and keep the tour rolling, but this wasn't the case. A number of times she put people on the spot with questions "to see how smart you are." Are you serious? Big time attitude. The reason I give this review two stars and not one is because I'm giving myself a star for not knocking our guide out with one punch so we could all be free to look around the cool house without being bothered.

Visited September 2012
4 Thank Mike B
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