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“Very Interesting”
Review of Aiken-Rhett House

Aiken-Rhett House
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$26.00*
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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour
Ranked #13 of 244 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique in many ways. For example, it remained in the hands of family descendents for 142 years until it was sold to The Charleston Museum and opened as a museum house in 1975. Historic Charleston Foundation purchased the house in 1995 and adopted a conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings.
Reviewed November 19, 2012

The Aiken-Rhett House is interesting in that it has not been renovated but preserved. You take an audio tour through the house which allows you to stop, ponder, and imagine. I was especially impressed with the kitchen/slave quarters. Maybe impressed is not the correct wording - amazed would be better. You stand there and it is very easy to imagine what life/activity must have been like in the mid-19th century. Slavery is a black mark in our history but we cannot forget. Another room that impressed me was the ballroom on the second floor. It was easy to see, in my mind's eye, men and women dressed to the hilt enjoying a grand ball. If you are interested in history see this house!

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

First off, parking was difficult, but managed to find a place, then we had to knock on the door and wait to be let in. Thought that was a bit unusual for a public place. Upon entering we were escorted downstairs to pay for the tour, then were given headphones with minor instructions and pointed in the direction to begin. We have been on audio tours before and had no complaints but this tour became very confusing quickly. The specific areas were not plainly marked, no arrows pointing you to the direction the tour was taking you and the staff along the way was rather rude and condescending. One of the male guides was reading a book when we got into his area and gruffly told us "you're going wrong" then reset our tour and pointed us in the other direction. The house itself was okay and somewhat interesting just by being in Charleston. We enjoy experiencing the history of homes of the past and have toured five or six other places; however, this would probably rank lowest of all but mostly due to presentation. We were disappointed in the final product.

1  Thank Cowgirl07
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Really enjoyed the visit here. Home is preserved and has not been "restored" and I enjoyed that. I liked the audio tour which provided some interesting facts and brought the house to life.

Thank JeffL1963
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Beautiful home with outstanding history! The doors are beautiful and the freestanding staircase is amazing. The guides give wonderful stories about the Aiken family. Definitely worth the 30-40 minutes!

Thank lwgurley
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

The Aiken-Rhett house was like traveling through a portal in time back to the 1800's. Allow the self guided audio tour through the house and the grounds with accompanying background sounds to carry you back in time. The price is $16 per person for the tour but it was well worth it. If you're staying in the southernmost portion of Charleston you may want to catch the trolley on Broad Street to get there. It will cut down the walk by 10 blocks or so.

1  Thank barbarosa1
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