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“Average Tour”

Edmondston-Alston House
Ranked #19 of 232 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.
Charlotte, North Carolina
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Average Tour”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

The hosue was interesting and it was fun to see the antiques and think about how it must have been to live here in the 19th centruy, but the tour guide was less than enthusiastic and would point out items but not tell of the significance. Overall, a dissapointing tour.

Visited September 2012
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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Edmondston-Alston House, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
Thank you for this review. Our tour guides are volunteers, and we are constantly working to improve their knowledge and delivery to maximize the experience, which wouldn't be possible without feedback from the tour takers.
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Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Beautiful House”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

Charleston offers so many historical homes to tour, it can be difficult to choose. We had already taken a carriage tour and went past this one. Our driver said that this was one of his favorites, mainly because 85-90% of the furnishings were original to the house. We decided to give it a try. We weren't disappointed. The house is beautiful and worth it.

Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Kurt M
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Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great House”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

We only wanted to visit one of the historic houses in Charleston and chose this one because 85-90% of the furnishings are original to the house. Very interesting to see the size of the rooms and the fabulous furnishing.

Visited August 2013
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Muncie, Indiana
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116 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“A step back in time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

If you are interested in the Civil War, you won't regret visiting this house. To stand on the piazza and imagine what it was like to see the first shots of the Civil War is amazing. The guide, Juanita was very informative. Enjoyed this much more than the Calhoun mansion, which was nothing more than being herded through a lawyer's hoardings.

Visited July 2013
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Cleveland, OH
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31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A beautiful house on the famous Charleston battery.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

This house is a beautiful representation of what homes in antebellum Charleston were like. It is beautifully furnished and has a rich history, of which the tour guides were very knowledgeable. They also had a $9 student rate as well as the standard $12 rate.

Visited August 2013
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