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“Interesting view of Colonial life in Charleston”

Edmondston-Alston House
Ranked #21 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 May 7, 2013

On a recent trip up from Florida, we visited Charleston for a weekend! While we did not plan enough time to experience all of the city's charm, we found that the Edmonston-Alston House provided a look into the lives of some of Charleston's influential citizens! It also improved our understanding of life in colonial times! Definitely a worthwhile stop!

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Just okay. not a magnificent house or furnishings. family removed items and one family member lives on the third floor which is closed to the public. Better thins to see in town.

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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Edmondston-Alston House, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2013

Thanks for your review. The tour guides at the Edmondston-Alston House are well-trained, and give a very compelling tour of the history of the family. Of course the family removed items over the past 180 years, however, 90 percent of the objects visitors see at the house are original to the family, and more are acquired every year.

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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We came across this home while walking along the waterfront in Charleston, South Carolina during a visit in April 2013. The home is in a great location right along the waterfront. The tour was very interesting and the tour guide very efficient. From the home one can see Ft. Sumter in the distance. It was a nice historical tour and very informative.

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

This was a good house to visit for many reasons. It is on the South Battery, facing the harbor, and a great area for walking around and seeing the homes. It gave you a glimpse of how the wealthy Southerners lived in the days before the Civil War. During the war, the owners could see Ft. Sumter in the harbor.
Interesting home tour.

Thank Valerie066
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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Edmondston-Alston House, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2013

The Edmondston-Alston House was located on its current location because of its proximity to the wharves along the Cooper River. Shipping merchant Charles Edmondston could watch the activities of the port from his home. Charles Alston renovated the house in 1838 -- reshaping the dwelling into the opulent residence that visitors see today. Thanks for your review.

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Reviewed May 4, 2013

We were able to attend a tour with a lovely docent, Nancy. This house is beautifully maintained, with much of the furnishings being the actual furniture of this home. We learned much of the history of the area related to the home, as well as how the house would have functioned. And some related historical facts as well.
Interesting, but not for very young children.. perhaps 8 or 10 and older.
The tour takes about a half an hour. There are stairs involved.

Thank AFM2
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