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Edmondston-Alston House

21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
+1 843-722-7171
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A trip back in time

Enjoyed this tour. Tour guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable. House is currently lived in by... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
SL21872
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Largo, Florida
Interesting, fascinating and informative tour

We visited this house on an afternoon and received an excellent tour. We enjoyed the views from... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ctcover
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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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Of Charleston's many fine house museums, only the Edmondston-Alston House (constructed in 1825 and enhanced in 1838) commands a magnificent view of Charleston Harbor. From its piazza, General P. T. Beauregard watched the fierce bombardment of Ft. Sumter on April 12, 1861, signaling the start of the Civil War. And on December 11 of the same year, the house gave refuge to General Robert E. Lee the night a wide-spreading fire threatened his safety in a Charleston hotel. Much like the Middleton Place House Museum, the collection at the Edmondston-Alston House Museum consists of pieces that belonged to the family, reflecting not only family history but American history. Despite the ravages of the Civil War, the Earthquake of 1886 and numerous hurricanes, the Alston family pieces remain in place much as they have for over 150 years. Notable in the collection is an original print of the Ordinance of Secession, portraits, dining room table, gas lights, mirror and exquisite interior woodwork.
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21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Enjoyed this tour. Tour guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable. House is currently lived in by owner. Not all rooms open. Restoration work is remarkable and historic items in home are beautiful. Takes less than an hour.

Thank SL21872
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this house on an afternoon and received an excellent tour. We enjoyed the views from the second story piazza and and the slight breeze was refreshing.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

if not for the guided tour i wouldn't have found any of the homes terribly interesting because i wouldn't have know what i was looking at. Janet did a wonderful job teaching us about the house and infusing some humor into the tour!

Thank Jacquie P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I chose to tour only one house while in Charleston, and I feel like we made a good choice. The tour guide provided plenty of good historical information and the house is beautiful.

Thank saragwyn
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The distinguishing feature of this house is that 90% of the furnishings in the home actually were owned by the family that lived there. The home itself is also outstanding.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour guides do an excellent job of describing this house. The house is almost completely original to when it was built.

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wish I'd gotten the older lady's name because she was just superb! She was funny, engaging, witty, inspirational, evocative and straight-forward. No-nonsense about rules, but urging the group to really absorb what the house was about. History, culture, details, families, insider info, politics and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good place to visit in Charleston - for history and for the experience. Beautiful house, great stuff with interesting tour. I would highly recommend if you like old houses and history.

Thank ItsmeJoie
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the Home I would choose! I especially appreciated the piazza and the library. One of the great draws here is also that the home retains original family furniture and heirlooms. Buy the combined ticket with Middleton place gardens. They are both can’t miss...More

Thank Tigerfan85
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

We did only one house tour. This is a magnificent house from the outside right on the waterfront. We found there were too many museum houses so pick wisely. The rest are great viewing from the outside. That's where this one falls. Worth seeing.....from the...More

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LAcameron29
17 March 2018|
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Response from Dreyfus01 | Reviewed this property |
It is not nessary to purchase a ticket in advance. Enter the home and you will be greeted in the office to the right of enterance hall by those providing tickets and information on the tours times.
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MAWMOM
27 February 2018|
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Response from Don B | Property representative |
The tour of the Edmondston-Alston House takes approximately 30-40 minutes.There may be a short wait upon your arrival for the next tour to start.
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Savannah W
24 September 2016|
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Response from dancingirlb4 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There are a couple of packages to choose from. You can choose just the house tour or a combination ticket which includes the Middleton Plantation. I recommend the combination ticket. I would check the website for... More
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