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“Take advantage of the combo ticket”

Nathaniel Russell House
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$24.99*
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Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston
Ranked #16 of 237 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Foundation welcomes visitors to explore daily life in one of Charleston's most exquisite dwellings. Located in Downtown Charleston near High Battery, the Nathaniel Russell House Museum, 51 Meeting Street, is widely recognized as one of America's most important neoclassical dwellings. Historic Charleston Foundation purchased the National Historic Landmark in 1955, and the house served as the Foundation's headquarters for 37 years. Today, the interiors are restored to their original 1808 grandeur and surrounded by formal gardens.
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Take advantage of the combo ticket”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

The Aiken-Rhett House and the Nathaniel Russell House offer a $16 combo admissions ticket which effectively permits you to tour the second house for $6 after paying the normal $10 admission fee for the first house (October 2012 prices).

As others have noted, Aiken-Rhett is preserved as it has been found and is unrestored. Nathaniel Russell is restored. Aiken-Rhett offers an audio tour on earphones; you proceed at your own pace. Nathaniel Russell offers tours by docent.

Both homes are worth seeing. I purchased the combo ticket and believe that I received the best of both types of home and tour.

Visited October 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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“Nice house - pretty plain”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Beautiful place but you only see 6 rooms furnished with pieces from the era (not original). Nice restoration but not up to the standards of the wealthy you might expect from the times. Impressive circular staircase but other rooms very average.

Visited October 2012
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Spectacular staircase & decoration”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

We saw a lot of houses on our trip to Charleston and Savannah, but this was my favorite. It has kept a great deal of the original aspects and the staircase is a unique architectural feature. We got to walk up it, and it will be closed off soon because over time it can no longer handle the weight and frequent traffic, so go see it while you can!

Visited September 2012
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Stone Mountain, Georgia
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Elegant and refined”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

Loved seeing the floating staircase and the wall paint colors were very surprising. The tour had way too many folks on it so we could not see what the guide was directing us to see in many of the rooms. Popular place. See the Aiken-Rhett first and then go to this lovely home. Great contrast.

Visited September 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“absolutely gorgeous home”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

My tour of the Nathaniel Russell House was one of the highlights of my recent trip to Charleston. The docent was exceptionally knowledgeable. He clearly loved explaining the painstaking restoration of the home. Very highly recommended!

Visited October 2012
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