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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 August 24, 2013

We paid $16 to go on a tour of this home along with the Nathaniel-Russell home. This was my favorite of the two. The two houses are on opposite sides of the peninsula. The Nathaniel-Russell house is close to the Meeting and Tradd intersection south of Broad. The Aiken-Rhett house is farther up the peninsula in a patchy part of town,

The AR house doesn't look that impressive in photographs, but the yellow stucco is beautiful up close and it has gorgeous piazzas. The rooms are very large with some furniture. I don't think most of the furniture is original to the house but they make sure to ensure they are representing the correct time periods. You get a self-guided audio tour with the AR house and not the Nathaniel House. The audio tour was very interesting. The rooms were larger and you get to see more rooms than with the Nathaniel House.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

You will tour this house with a recorded device. I personally prefer a guide, so that you can ask questions and also you can converse with others that you go with. That said, the tour was quite thorough starting out in the kitchen area and then to the slave quarters and carriage house outside. The house and grounds represent an in town living situation in a time of slavery and you can see the close quarters here for all. You have to realize there were gardens and livestock here too. Back in the house, which was very dark the day we were there as it was stormy. There is little light inside, they rely on natural light, so it was hard to see some of the paintings and exhibits. This house has magnificent porches on the original front. It is preserved, which means it is being maintained in its last state, which is very shabby with shreds of wallpaper here and there. There is original furniture of the owners from different timeframes and other artifacts. My friend wished they would restore it, so you could see what it would have looked like, not what it does look like. I am more interested in the history, so I did not mind that it was not all spruced up. .This house is in a residential neighborhood very close to the Welcome center.

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

This house is amazing. The wood, the wallpaper, the flooring, the slave quarters...all natural. It is theo nly house with intact slave quarters in Charleston and it is worth a visit. The audio tour is also well worth it. It gives a complete history of the family and the hands that have passed the house around Overall the best thing I saw in Charleston

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

This house is absolutely my favorite house in Charleston to visit. It has history and the self guided tape tour is awesome. This house has not been restored back to its original glory and that is a downfall, hopefully in due time it will be restored and remain a sight to see. It is truly a plantation style home in downtown.

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

This house has been preserved and it imparts an eery sense that the bygone years are still going on parallel to today's.
I think the carriage house/slave quarters was a bonus since most of the historical houses and plantations we visited while in Charleston did not have surviving slave quarters. Worth the visit!!

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