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Review of Aiken-Rhett House

Aiken-Rhett House
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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour
Ranked #12 of 240 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.
Kent, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“worth the trip”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed our visit to this historic home. I gained more insight into the lives of slaves and the conditions in which some of them lived, especially since we visited on a hot, humid summer day. The narration for the tour was excellent---you could almost picture the family, guests and servants at parties and such! It was very educational.

Visited August 2013
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Hackensack, New Jersey
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“A trip to the past”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

We went to Charleston and visited the Aiken-Rhett house. It was a wonderful experience...the house seems to be frozen in the past...you could almost see the previous habitants. I will recomend this tour to anyone interested in history...it is a must-see.

Visited August 2013
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Pennsylvania
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268 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“nice house to visit”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

We visited this house and loved that it was a self guided tour and that you could go at your own pace. It was very nice and close to the Charleston Museum which we also visited. I would recommend stopping here. To save money, we bought a heritage pass at the visitor's center and got a great deal.

Visited August 2013
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Los Angeles, California
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Gorgeous home”
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.

Visited August 2013
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Tilghman, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“Not Restored, But Preserved”
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.

Visited August 2013
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