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“emphasis on preservation - not restoration”
Review of Aiken-Rhett House

Aiken-Rhett House
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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour
Ranked #14 of 245 things to do in Charleston
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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 March 11, 2013

This is a beautiful home that is only preserved, not restored. Not much in the way of furnishings and most are pretty decrepit. But if you're interested in peeling back the layers and understanding the history of an important Charleston home, this is pretty fascinating. I liked it - my mother was disappointed. I'd have liked to have had time to balance it with a restored home, but alas, we didn't.

Thank Michele M
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Husband and I went to this house. It was a little off the beaten path, but not a bad walk at all. I loved the tour and thought it was very interesting!

Thank Robingp2018
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Wonderful history of an urban plantation. Former governors house shows the splendor of the time. A spinster great grand daughter lived in the home until the 1970's with only a butler and no running water, electricity or kitchen. In tact slave quarters, out kitchen and carriage house on the property.

1  Thank scvgal
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

I loved this urban plantation because of the fact that it has NOT been restored and rather left as is. The slave quarters were the most interesting part of the house, and I felt myself transported to another date and time. The audio tour is very informational. I highly recommend a visit!

Thank ViajamosAMenudo
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

While I enjoyed the opportunity to visit the house you should know that it is in a state of restoration and as such is mostly devoid of the furniture, wall, and floor furnishings that were present during its early years. Still it provides great insight into how it occupants lived over the last 190 years

1  Thank jerrykaufman
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