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“"So,you wanna go to a REAL house??"”
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.
Johnson City, Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
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“"So,you wanna go to a REAL house??"”
Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

For everyone coming to Charleston to see an old house with some old possessions, this is the place to visit. I apologize in advance for digressing into a history lesson but it will probably happen. This house is the real deal. The Historical Society of Charleston is preserving this house,not restoring it. It has authentic wall paper (what's left of it),authentic furniture that belonged to the inhabitants (mostly stuff that is falling apart),original paintings of family members,original slave quarters,privies,etc. The house is not climate controlled except for one room so it is not a place to go on a hot summer day and hope to cool off. I don't really understand why people are so disappointed when they visit other homes in Charleston that aren't "authentic". If you can visit a 200 yr old home that isn't falling down around your ears, that's pretty authentic. People seem to forget that this town and many of its homes have survived a devastating war,a devastating earthquake, flooding, and numerous hurricanes. You can see that in its heyday the Aiken Rhett house was beautiful and no doubt entertained many wealthy people. But don't go in here expecting to see an immaculate home with intact immaculate possessions. It's more like exploring an old dilapidated house that you know in your mind has a rich history. But definitely put this home on your list of places to tour while in Charleston. I also think the current condition of this home will fuel your imagination for how some of these wealthy families must have felt in 1865 when they are suddenly as poor as the next Joe Schmoe and are having to sell their fine possessions just to have a meal on the table. The Aiken Rhett house is definitely worth your time and effort, especially if you enjoy history and have a great imagination.

Visited June 2013
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Raeford, North Carolina
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“Preserved History!”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

This house is preserved not restored so what you see is what was there. It was very interesting however I would say that I prefer an actual guide to a headset and pre-recorded tape..

Visited June 2013
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“Nice to see”
Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

The house is beautiful from the outside.
It is to bad dat the house inside is in bad condition, it doesn't have to be completely restored but it needs a lot of work to get It in a better condition.
It is a self Guided tour which gives a lot of information.
It is to bad that you can't make pictures or film inside. You can only make pictures from the outside.
It was Nice to see but it could have been better when the house was better restored.

Visited June 2013
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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“Excellent Home”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

This was the best part of our trip for me... We were able to stroll through at our pace and look at things as long as wanted. The tour was very informative and detailed. The house was beautifully preserved in its time. It's just an awesome story.!

Visited June 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“History as it was -- fascinating preservation”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

Great 45 minute audio tour of this house, including the slave quarters. This house is not restored, and you can understand its history and the history of the families who lived there from origins to modern day. No period furnishings -- just the rooms. The staff were helpful. Highly recommend a visit here to understand Charleston history.

Visited May 2013
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