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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
+1 843-723-1159
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here on a whim because it was a rainy day and we had some extra time and I am glad we did. It was much more interesting than I expected. One of the things I learned in Charleston was that most plantation owners...More

Thank Barbara N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Self guiding so can take your time. Preserved but not restored. Beautiful! We have been there many times and enjoyed each time.

Thank M102154
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

House is left just as it was found. It is very interesting because the furniture is original. If you want a clean fancy mansion, this is not your tour. it has a 45min audio guide included with price. You get to see the grounds, slave...More

Thank Caroline W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved everything about this tour, especially the fact that it was an audio tour which we could stop and start at any point.

Thank wendyheller
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed touring the house and recommend the ticket where you can get a combination of the Aiken Rhett house, an unrestored wealthy merchant's home to get the feel of the way things were and then the Nathaniel Russell house, a restored wealthy merchant's home...More

Thank William E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful home full of history, It gives you a glimpse of what it would have been like to live here back in the day this house was build.

Thank Renee F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although the Aiken-Rhett house is not restored, it allows one's imagination to delve into "what it must have been " when it was occupied by the original owners. The audio ear phones explain what you see as you travel at your own pace. We thought...More

Thank Jacque D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The audio tour with headset provided lots of insight as it guided us through this unrestored antebellum home where family continued to live until the 20th century. Esp. interesting were the cookhouse and laundry, the slave quarters, stable and carriage house, and separate service stairs...More

Thank MCW-Austin
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This house is mostly not restored and is very historic showing what it was like living in the home in the early 1800s. The tour includes both the home and the slave quarters. Included is audio headphones to explain the different areas of the house.

1  Thank Greg H
Reviewed 15 June 2017

A very informative insight into the life of a wealthy Charleston family in the 1800s ,the house belonging at one time to SC Governor William Aiken, and containing the original slave quartes and family rooms (also the ball room and art gallery). The house has...More

1  Thank Gurke13
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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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