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.