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Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
+1 843-723-1159
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The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique in many ways. For example, it remained in the hands of family descendents for 142 years until it was sold to The Charleston Museum and opened as a museum house in 1975. Historic Charleston Foundation purchased the house in 1995 and adopted a conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings.
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48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
+1 843-723-1159
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Reviewed 4 days ago

One of my highlights of my first visit to Charleston was this mansion. It is so interesting to see a preserved house instead of restored, and to see an urban mansion. I like the audio tour since you can go at your own pace and...More

Thank carolynv359
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was refreshing to tour a non-restored house! It was a really neat experience! You must ring the doorbell to be let in and there's no a/c. However, we went in July and it was fine. It was breezy, shaded and there are some fans.

1  Thank Fern C
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is wonderful history lesson. You truly get a feel for what was like to live in Charleston (a couple hundred years ago).

Thank rdavidjones1964
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes it was hot. There is no AC but fans in every room. This is a self-guided audio tour. I especially like it because nothing was renovated. Everything was all original. It was preserved as well as could be expected. This was the home of...More

Thank TheSatchers
Reviewed 1 week ago

This home is absolutely amazing! I loved that it was a self guided tour with audio so I could visit at my own pace. It was interesting to see all of the slave quarters and the carriage house. You HAVE to visit this home while...More

Thank Britt J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the audio tour, able to go at own pace. Very nicely maintained, So much history to see in Charleston and this is definitely one to see. Only a few street parking spots at the house, otherwise you will need to find another area to...More

Thank Stephanieandbrad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have lived in Charleston for 13 years, and have been coming here for 18 years, and had never taken the time to go visit this historic landmark that not only describes through narration, but shows in it's physical presence what life was like in...More

Thank Curtis P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Aiken House on a Monday afternoon. The house is well preserved and an amazing site to see. The self guided audio tour was excellent! It was amazing to see how people lived during that time. The backyard was more interesting to me...More

Thank Kendra N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Self guided tour, allowing you to explore at your own pace. The mansion is preserved but not restored. it is a beautiful home giving insight into the lives of a very wealthy Charleston family. Warming kitchens, slave quarters, stables, outhouses, and remainders of wall paper...More

Thank Shirley60786
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This house has not been updated or refurbished much, so you see original paint, wallpaper and furnishings. Particularly interesting was the slave quarters and the warming kitchen. The tour is self-guided using an audio headset, so you can go at your own pace.

1  Thank Mimivfl73
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Ryan H
28 March 2017|
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Response from Kristen H | Reviewed this property |
There are multiple houses that have joint offers. The Aiken-Rhett House allows you to buy a joint ticket with the Natheniel Russell House. You can the ticket at either house the day of.
Gina H
19 November 2015|
Response from Sarah M | Reviewed this property |
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