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Edmondston-Alston House

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Edmondston-Alston House

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Ms. Salsa wrote a review 18 Jan
45 contributions6 helpful votes
We bought the combo tickets for the Middleton Place & Edmondston-Alston House. Prior to going in, I just wanted to say, thank you to the three on staff who greeted us, and who were more than kind and courteous. The Edmondston-Alston House was located facing the water and was beautiful indeed! The strong breeze that came in thru either the bottom and second floor verandas were just breathtaking. Sadly, we had the unfortunate luck of being guided along with a family from Ohio. Even though we didn't wear a mask, we kept respectfully distanced from them right from the beginning of the tour. But, as it turns out, that was not enough for the matron of the family and, as we moved away from the first room, it was obvious she had to claim her wishes, and made sure the tour guide informed us of same. We conformed to her request. Included in the family was an older gentleman, up in age, who was eager to start talking to my friend about his time in the Army. My friend had just removed her mask, as we were standing outside in the veranda and even though he had one on, the matron of the family still found the abrupt need to pull the older gentleman away from my friend, who was stunned and wasn't quite sure what was happening. I had to explain to her, that it was obvious they felt she was going to contaminate him in split seconds. I praise, the guide, who handled the whole thing with great calm, and as the tour ended while standing on the foyer, we were both asked to leave thru one exit while the others left thru another. Quite the incident, huh?! Otherwise, it would have been a great tour overall. But that is life today, as some chose fear to lead their way, and try to control others, in their every day life.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Christine T wrote a review Dec 2020
Thornton, Colorado54 contributions13 helpful votes
Visited last week and fortunate to obtain tickets for this event. Lovely tour inside the house by candlelight. You are allowed to climb the stairs to the 2nd foor Drawing rooms. On this 2nd floor balcony the carolers are gathered in costumes. Guides inside provide background information about the house. Outside you can listen to a brief Gullah Christmas carole. This event helped set the tone for the holiday season.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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RTS wrote a review Dec 2020
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My husband and I took this tour on a whim and I’m so glad we did. The lady who showed us around was great at explaining the history of the house; from the past occupants, portraits, and even the dining table; she was very knowledgeable. She didn’t rush us, and answered our questions thoroughly. The tour lasted about a half hour. In the summer months, you can purchase tickets to have a couple glasses of wine and cheeses on the balcony. If I ever come back, I will be sure to do that. This was a must see.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Mfgib197 wrote a review Aug 2020
Atlanta, Georgia69 contributions23 helpful votes
About a 25-minute tour of a beautiful historic home on The Battery. The owner still lives on top floor, so the tour focuses on the entry level and second floor. The library is particularly impressive, and the tour continues on second-floor veranda. Photos ok only outside. I was able to park very nearby near the sea wall for free.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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taangel179 wrote a review Aug 2020
York, Pennsylvania287 contributions40 helpful votes
After researching the different homes to visit we decided on this one cause it had been associated with General Lee and they watched the 1st fire of the Civil War on their balcony. We repurchased our tickets online as it was recommended and we received a discount. When we arrived we had about a 10 min wait but the kids were ok cause they sat and rocked on an antique rocking bench. The tour was just our family of 6 which made me feel very comfortable. Our tour guide was very sweet older lady, she answered all of our questions even from the kids, she took her time and told us many details of the home. I was very impressed that 90% of the home is orginal and that the home only sold ONCE! You get to tour 2 stories of the home. The kitchen area now turned into a B&B is not included nor is the old carriage house. This home is also associated with the Middleton Plantation. I did hear if you stay at the B&B you get to tour the house for free.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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