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Review of Aiken-Rhett House

Aiken-Rhett House
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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour
Ranked #13 of 237 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“historic plantation”
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.

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South Kent, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Unadorned history”
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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North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“OK”
Reviewed March 27, 2007

The house is preserved which is perfectly fine as it was an interesting look into history. The part I didnt care for was the usage of an MP3 player during the tour. It's a novel idea but somehow the co-mingling of history and today's technology doesn't seem right. We were in a group of three and it was hard for all of us to stay in-sync and moving through the house at the same pace.

They do have people stationed throughout the house and grounds to answer questions but it's not the same and I'm guess I am just partial to the "live" tour guide telling stories and being interactive. On many of these tours you could do it on a future visit as the guide would be different and offer other stories, etc. but using a recorded tour I think they are limiting their return customers as you will just hear the exact same thing again.

BTW, I love technology and using it to make everyday things better but I don't feel it works here.

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Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“yes, yes yes!”
Reviewed June 4, 2006

This house is beautifully preserved. The slave quarters and stable provide a great view into how they lived. This house is one of the two best available to tour in Charleston in my opinion.

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Lilburn, GA
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“Gloriously faded elegance.”
Reviewed April 26, 2005

How refreshing it is to see an historic home in Charleston largely untampered with! Although the restored homes in the city are splendid, the Aiken-Rhett House leaves a much stronger impression. Kudos to the Historic Charleston Foundation for maintaining this gem of a property as they discovered it.

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