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“Historic home”
Review of Aiken-Rhett House

Aiken-Rhett House
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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour
Ranked #11 of 241 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.
Baltimore, Maryland
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Historic home”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

I enjoyed walking through the house. It is still being renovated but it was nice being able to walk through with a self guided tour. We could do it at our own pace. I enjoyed it. Beautiful home and I'm sure it will be even better one day.

Visited April 2013
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scottsdale
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
“Preserved to Perfection-awesome Charleston history”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

I loved this place. It is so interesting and so well done. Loved the audio that accompanied the visit. Gorgeous property. Don't miss it!

Visited April 2013
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Gloucester, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Charming old house with a story to tell”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Had a wonderful tour through this old house dating back to the 1820's. it is a self guided tour with an mp3player and a headset. House is in great shape for the shape it is in.

Visited April 2013
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New York City, New York
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183 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Restore, don't preserve”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

I sympathize with the desire of the Charleston historians who want to keep this home just as it is, with no restoration and instead a focus on preservation so they can study the innards of walls, wallpapers and other finishes, as well as building materials. Indeed, this approach apparently has yielded some interesting, unknown facts (slave quarters apparently held marble fireplace mantles and curtain rods). But my fear is that the place will be allowed to rot in place. And visitors get scant sense of what things would have been like in the day when the home was constructed. That seems a pity, but perhaps this is just what archaelogists and preservationists most want and need. If so, I say visit the many other splendid places in and around Charleston. Or, if you go here, visit the mustard exterior, take a peek inside, but know you aren't going to see much to delight the eye and pique the senses.

Visited April 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very interesting...”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

I really wanted to see this house when I read it was unchanged since the 1850's. It sounded different from the other houses that can be toured in Charleston. I was amazed though that someone had lived in it, in basically the current state, as recently as the 1970's. So, it was interesting and definitely not like the other houses that can be toured. Not even similar to Drayton Hall which is also preserved, not restored. We were there on the same day as the Preservation Society Home and Garden Tours (of which this house was a part of) so we could not take the audio tour that is usually offered.

Visited April 2013
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