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Review of Edmondston-Alston House

Edmondston-Alston House
Ranked #19 of 229 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.
Peabody, Massachusetts
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“Beautiful Home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

This home is beautiful! The tour was given by a very nice lady that gave us so much info on the house, it's owners and it's history. Loved seeing all the woodwork and some original furniture. The library room was impressive.

Visited May 2013
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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Edmondston-Alston House, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
The Edmondston-Alston House stands as a testament to the tastes of Charleston in the early 19th century. The Alstons were very wealthy and adorned their home with the latest styles of the era. Glad you enjoyed your tour, and thanks for your review.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Edmondston-Alston House, Charleston, SC”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

This house has a very interesting history. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and make the tour a memorable experience. The house is located on this historic Charleston Battery. I highly recommend this attraction.

Visited May 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Middleton + Edmonston-Alston House have combo tickets to save $”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

Edmonston-Alston House has strong ties with the Middleton plantation and as a result, the two places offer a combo ticket for $49 (visited in May, 2013) to tour both places. Definitely worth the combo price. House has been preserved and furnished according to the period and the docents are well-informed and eager to share their knowledge of the place. Not sure if this place is haunted or not, so you may want to ask if interested. Sweeping views of the water from the piazza of the house are worth the visit alone. So much to see and learn from the history of the house made touring this house fun and easy.

Visited May 2013
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“See how the rich lived during the Civil War”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

Nicely preseved old antebellum home, right on the battery in Charlston. The inhabitants could watch the bombardment of Ft. Sumter during the Civil War from their balcony.

If you like touring historic homes, this is a great place to visit ($12 ea). It's also in the heart of the historic district, so there's plenty to see in the area, after you tour the house. (If you only have time to see one historic home in Charlson, however, go to the Nathjaniel Russell House instead ... just a block or two away).

Visited May 2013
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West Charlton, NY
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“Very Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

This was a 30 minute tour and was well worth it. Our guide was very knowledgeable and this tour gives a great look back at the history of the house and its occupants.

Visited May 2013
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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Edmondston-Alston House, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
The guides do a fantastic job connecting visitors to the history of this old Charleston family. Thanks for your review.
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