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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 2, 2014

A great location to visit and to hear about the history of the family in the Middleton Plantation. Spectacular home with a great view.

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Reviewed May 1, 2014

This house is down by the Battery and dates to 1825. It is beautifully furnished and the lady who was our docent was charming and full of Southern grace.

Thank macman1940
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Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

This is a true step back in time. You feel connected to history and can envision life as a wealthy merchant pre civil war. The tour was wonderful and honestly wish we could of spent more time.

Thank AaronandKaren
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

The Edmonston-Alston house is a nice example of nineteenth century life on the Battery. Two floors are open on the tour, and the view across the Harbour from the second story window is worth the visit alone. The house is currently featuring an exhibition on mourning, which consists of various artefacts that are briefly referred to throughout the tour. I had hoped for more on this but I guess time is limited when several tour groups are circulating the house at once. Overall, a solid tour. If you are planning on seeing a few house museums and plantations, remember to pick up a heritage pass at the Visitor Center which will save you some money on admission costs.

Thank AngieNSW
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

My daughter wanted to do a house tour on our trip because she had never gone on one before. Out of all the houses I've toured in Charleston I've toured, I chose to take her to the Edmonston-Alston House. One of the main reasons was that it is located on East Bay right on the waterfront. That makes it so charming. It is also in the style that one thinks of when they think of a Charleston home. The tour lasts about 30 minutes and is very informative. You are taken through the first and second floors as well as the piazzas on the first and second floor. The home is furnished with family antiques and art. Just lovely!

Thank CarolinaMom25
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