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“Respect the collection and passion”

The Calhoun Mansion
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$24.99*
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Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston
Ranked #40 of 237 things to do in Charleston
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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.
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Respect the collection and passion”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

This was an amazing home - I did the basic tour for $15/person but I hear they have an extended, grand tour for $75/person that lasts over 90 minutes. I may want to do a repeat visit to Charleston just for that home. The story of the home's history is almost as intriguing as the items inside the home. If you like antiques and items from various cultures and periods of time in history, this is a must. If you love that stuff, well you may pass out from the overwhelming awesomeness. Paintings, woodwork, relics, clocks, etc. It goes on and on - you could spend a month in that house full-time and still not be able to take it in. Some may say that is too much or maybe find antiques boring - at the very least, the deep passion the owner has for these items must be respected. I was in awe by the items as well as the commitment the owner has put into building his collection over 50 years. Also, if you like cats, there is an exceptionally friendly orange cat, Milo, that hangs around the property and enjoys a few pets.

Visited November 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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268 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Over the Top!”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

My wife and I recently visited the Calhoun Mansion. We took a buggy ride in Charleston and decided the Calhoun House was a must to see. We were extremely glad to see this outstanding and well preserved home. Ask the guide to slide the pocket door from the entry hall to the Living Room. It's amazing! This is one of those homes you do not want to miss seeing.

Visited November 2013
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San Diego, California
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61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Enjoy the view from the outside and save your money”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

I learned about this home and its original owner while on a carriage tour, and was so intrigued my family and I decided to tour the home. While much of the structure is original its difficult to see, and there are no original furnishings. What you do see is an obscene showy display of an egomaniac's hoard of antiques and collectibles. The current owner is an obviously wealthy attorney from Washington D.C. who also lives in the home much of the time, thus large sections are off limits. The tour guide was more intereted in his cell phone than anything else. Oh, and by the way, we were not told until after we paid and the tour was starting that our "cell phones must be turned off and cameras must be put away." That's right - no pictures allowed. Save your money and go to a musem. If you really want to know more about this place - get a book.

Visited November 2013
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Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not what I expected”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

While the building itself is beautiful, the furnishings are more on the order of an antique store, not at all historic to the area. It is a mish-mosh of collections from all over the world and all time periods from the 1600s to the early 1900s. When I pay $15 to tour a "house museum", said to be an historic structure from the 1700s and 1800s, I do not expect this type of clutter.

Visited November 2013
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Strongsville, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Interesting but way over-priced”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

This was a really cool house filled with a tremendous amount of various collectables but no way is it worth the $15 fee charged. They must need the money to buy more stuff to jam in the house

Visited October 2013
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