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“preserved in a state of destruction”
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 March 13, 2014

this is a weird concept that i respect but do not understand. the guide said this house has been preserved in the state it was in 1860. but in fact, at the mansion, i was told this house is preserved in the state it was after the damages caused by hurricane Hugo. except for one room, all the others have peeling wallpaper, some scrap of furniture.. it is all very strange. i questionned this preservation. why preserve something that has been damaged by a natural disaster.? i was told very kindly but very firmly that this is the way it was decided to be. . Since it was the first mansion i visited in charleston, i asked just as politely if all the other mansions were following the same principle and i was told that, no, the others were restored to their former splendor. So be reassured. this mansion is an exception. it was interesting in its own eerie way but if you dont spend too much time in charleston, i would skip it.

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Reviewed March 9, 2014

This house has not been maintained or restored and is in a state of disrepair. It is interesting to see the floor layouts, the number of rooms, learn something of the housing technologies that existed and how they evolved, and to learn something of the history of old Charleston, but without furnishings, wall hangings, paintings, etc. it is hard to get an idea of how the occupants really lived.

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Reviewed March 6, 2014

Folks visiting many of the sights in Charleston will find great places to soak up history, get a true feel of what life must have been like in this affluent trade city in the Old South. This is a must stop if you want to get a feel for old Charleston and the superb architecture of the time!

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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Walking tour with head phones which I liked. Easy access easy price. Not crowded,so it was leisurely paced.

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Reviewed February 25, 2014

This antebellum mansion will be of particular interest to history buffs as it is an excellent example of an urban plantation with much of the slaves quarters intact. The house boasts an interesting family history as well as one of the owners was, perhaps, the only person arrested by both the North and the South in what some southerners sometimes refer to as "the War of Northern Aggression". The audio tour available is an excellent one. The house, in its heyday, must have been truly magnificent, but it is not now. While the external appearance and condition of the main building seems fine, the decision was made (perhaps for financial reasons?) not to restore the interior. Only one room exhibits its earlier glory while the remainder of the house is reminiscent of a B horror film. Some will find this of great interest--others merely depressing.

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