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“Great house tour” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Nathaniel Russell House

Nathaniel Russell House
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$24.99*
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Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston
Ranked #18 of 229 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.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great house tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

We took the tour this afternoon, and were very glad we did. I had heard it was one of the best house tours in the city, and was not disappointed. It lasted about 30 minutes, and the docent made it a very informative and fun experience. Not only did she focus on the history of the house and family (fascinating!) but also included some interesting tidbits about Charleston's history.

The only thing I had issue with (in her presentation) was that she made mention that the architecture of the house was similar to that of the homes of Georgetown, Virginia. Georgetown has never been part of VA -- but originally was MD, and then later annexed to DC. She may have gotten confused with Alexandria, VA, across the Potomac River. Of course I realize I am being very nit-picky.

I still feel the tour deserves the high rating I gave it and would definitely recommend it to others.

Helpful hints:

No photos allowed inside the house. There are secure lockers (keys provided) for all bags, knapsacks, purses, etc. This is actually very good thing because some of the spaces are tight. Also, check online for discounted entrance tickets. I got $1 off of each ticket, which isn't a whole lot, but every little bit helps!

Visited March 2014
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Great historic house tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

This particular house tour came at the recommendation of our horse-drawn carriage tour guide - if you choose only one, he and his wife would choose this one. The tour did not disappoint. What an incredible piece of restoration work has been done, and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the fruits of their labor. We enjoyed the glimpse into the life of a wealthy Charleston merchant and his family.

Visited March 2014
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Nixa, United States
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“One of the best house tours in Charleston”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

The Nathaniel Russell House tour is an excellent way to get a feel for both the history and the culture of Charleston. A rich merchant built this house and moved into it at the age of 70 and the fascinating history of his marriage and fortune reveal much about the early colonial period of our country. They are slowly restoring the house and should finish this year. We were lucky to get a docent named Ken. The tours rotate so there's no guarantee you can get a certain guide but try for him. The garden is small but well worth spending some time visiting.

Visited March 2014
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Santa Fe
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Lovely Restoration and Guide”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

The restoration was love, and although the furnishings were not original, very appropriate. Our guide was very good, although she certainly downplayed the owners' having been slave dealers!

Visited March 2014
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Forestburgh, New York
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“Historic and Informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014

The tour was a little too long but many would enjoy the details. The house is well preserved,including the slave quarters. T/he flying stairway is worth the visit

Visited February 2014
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