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“Memorable visit to this historic gem”

Edmondston-Alston House
Ranked #20 of 238 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.
Newtown, Connecticut
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Memorable visit to this historic gem”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

A truly historic gem on the Charleston's waterfront. Stand by the second-floor window and imagine witnessing the start of the Civil War. Yes, residents of this marvelous home did just that. Take the guided house tour to fully appreciate Charleston and its historic past.

Visited March 2013
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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Edmondston-Alston House, responded to this review, June 24, 2013
Not only did the Alston Family view the first shots of the Civil War from the home's piazza, Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, commander of the campaign, did as well! Thanks for your review.
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Greenville, South Carolina
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“Nice and knowledgeable tour guide.”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

It was hot, so we went to the first house tour we saw. It is a very beautiful home with original furnishings and beautiful antiques. It was neat to hear the family's connection to our hometown of Greenville. The tour guide was friendly and answered any questions that were asked.

Visited June 2013
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Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Lovely house”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

Excellent docents offer an enjoyable tour through this beautiful house. Nice way to spend an hour of your day.

Visited June 2013
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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Edmondston-Alston House, responded to this review, June 24, 2013
Our volunteer tour guides get frequent training and enrichment sessions to make every tour of this amazing historic house engaging. Thank you for your review.
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St. Louis
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“Great tour!”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

The historical significance as well as the beauty of the home made this a very worthwhile pick. Our tour guide was well informed and kept our interest.

Visited May 2013
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Plano, Texas
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Edmondson house”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

Very relaxed and enjoyable tour. Wish we could have seen more of the house but owners live there. Very nicely preserved place with artifacts from the family. Docent spoke too fast and not clearly at times. Seemed to be in a hurry.

Visited May 2013
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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Edmondston-Alston House, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Thank you for your review. Despite the third-floor residence, the crux of the historic significance of the Edmondston-Alston House is on full display on the tour, including multiple rooms, and the piazza from which Confederate Gen. Beauregard watched the bombing of Fort Sumter in 1861. And the hundreds of objects visitors see are original to the Alston family.
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