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Aiken-Rhett House
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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour
Ranked #13 of 244 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 January 1, 2009

If you are interested in what historic homes actually look like when they have been preserved and the history behind them, tour this home. I love the audio tour so you can easily hear and go at your own pace. The slave house and stables are especially interesting in this home because they have been so well preserved and you feel like you are taken back in time! This was a truly amazing experience and my favorite one on my trip. You can purchase a combo ticket for $16 to tour this home along iwth the Nathaniel-Russell home.

5  Thank bmason1003
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Reviewed October 27, 2008

This house is a hidden jewel. I have been to Charleston 4-5 times. We just happen to stumble on this house. I personally enjoyed the MP3, because there isn't anything that is forgotten. They had employees stationed around the house, to answer any questions that you have. I was amazed at the amount of original furniture that was still in the house. The home was closed up for several years, & none of it taken! It is definately worth your time!

6  Thank mattie0817
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Reviewed October 6, 2007

I lOVE the house you can see through all the faded wallpaper and paint that the house was once a very beautiful place. IT hasbeen perversed and not restored. You use an MP3 PLAYER To lead you through the house and grounds. I like that better than A guide that way you can stay longer IN A room tO look around and not feel rushed by A guide that Is on A schedule. I DO RECOMMEND YOU VISIT THE AIKEN - RHETT HOUSE YOU WONT BE DISAPOINTED.

4  Thank heather1074
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Reviewed April 22, 2007

They say this is the best preserved urban plantation in America because several of the original out buildings remain. It is a self-guided tour on an MP3, and they make a big deal about not skipping, but parts of the tour are longer than they need to be. It is not as lavishly decorated as some other restored Charleston homes.

5  Thank SaminDC
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Reviewed April 12, 2007

I love that this house is largely unrestored. After spending days looking at houses that had been restored to within an inch of their life, this one was so refreshing. And to have the slave quarters, not to mention the outhouses, out back in their original state was fascinating. You could just feel the ghosts of the past as you toured this house. I liked the MP3 players used for the tour. They allowed you to take the house at your own pace.

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