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“Amazing collection”

The Calhoun Mansion
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Owner description: One of Charleston's architectural treasures, this historic mansion owned by George Walton Williams transports visitors back in time.
Reviewed February 18, 2013

T.his is huge historic mansion with most unusual history of occupants. But, although its interior contents and gardens are not "original" it is absolutely filled with antiques brought in by the present owner. The guide was very friendly and knows the antiques and the homes history very well.

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

The house is immaculate. Beautiful house that is actually still lived in today. The house itself has an interesting history of altercations with previous owner. The house has changed and been altered with the numerous owners. The tour guide was very entertaining and knew a lot about the numerous items in the owners huge collection. Each room is unfortunately packed with items from every time period and from every continent on the globe. The antiques are interesting and amazed to see but the collection, to me, is too massive and expansive. You walk in and are quickly overcome by all the items to look at. If you are a fan of antique shops like the ones on King Street then this house is the best for you. If you are wanting to see a set of furniture or items from one time period then this house is not for you. I would recomend the Edmondston-Alston House is you wanted to see a house from one time period.

Thank cofc-student2014
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

If you're looking for the tradition old plantation experience - this is not it. If you're interested in touring a spectacular house filled - and I do me mean filled - with a diverse collection of collectibles from all over the world - then this is absolutely worth a visit. Rugs, paintings, chandeliers, vases, furniture and so much more- Shelby was awesome as a guide... A fascinating tour and a guaranteed "oh my!"

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

This place was amazing. First, our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. (Can't remember her name, but she is going to the CofC.) We started w/the entrance and holy cow it was amazing. The hinges on the door were works of art. You walk in and the house is filled, I said filled w/everything from antlers, clocks, works of art to a box that belonged to the Czar . Normally, I would think this was too much, but everything had a history, and was displayed well. The owner still lives there and he must love to walk around in the evening to look at all his works of art, etc. The house itself has a history. Built by a wealthy man (Calhoun) was used by the US Navy, survived Hurricane Hugo and now owned privately. It reminds me of the "cottages'" in Newport, RI. I would go back because I am sure every tour is different. Also, the gardens are magical. If you love historical homes, this is a must.

Thank FrancesDecatur
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

This Victorian treasure is filled with one man's collection of beautiful objects. It is a perfect recreation of a 19th century gilded age mansion filled with an eclectic selection of antiquities, antiques and objects. The owner deserves credit for his vision and audicity for overcoming the trend to transform these 19th century palaces into something they were never intended to be; rather bare and stark, these palaces were meant to house and display the owners collections and interests and wealth. People projecting their personal tastes onto this will be disappointed; but if they want to see how truly wealthy people in the gilded age lived this is a perfect example! Bravo!

Thank Michael M
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