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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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“slave quarters” (256 reviews)
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48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
+1 843-723-1159
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Reviewed 2 November 2015

This is a landmark home that has been preserved...not restored. The walls are cracked, the wallpaper faded and peeling, but the audio guided tour provided insight into the life of the day. You get a discount when you purchase tickets to multiple historic homes in...More

Thank davekop
Reviewed 31 October 2015

I've toured a number of old homes, but never one where everything in the home belonged to the original owners. Quite unique!

1  Thank Jennifer W
Reviewed 31 October 2015

This house is bare bones and gives you a more accurate picture of how it really was since it is preserved and not restored. You will also see the stables, slave quarters and carriage house. It is a self-guided tour. Look for the $1 coupon...More

Thank shapgo
Reviewed 31 October 2015

The Aikmen Rhett house is one of the better mansions to tour in Charleston. The self guided audio tour gives you a tremendous amount of information on the house, who lived there and and how they lived. Do not rush through this tour. You will...More

Thank vdf123
Reviewed 29 October 2015

Unlike other "historic" houses this one has not been kept up or renovated. The family lived here and let it age. It was fun to see how an un-updated house looks. The original slave quarters were also interesting. Worth the visit

Thank Richard F
Reviewed 28 October 2015

I was not expecting to feel so moved by being in original rooms and slave quarters. This house was not renovated so it was wonderful for me to use my imagine very clearly how life was in this home. In addition, the audio headset provided...More

1  Thank lisakaren
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Just loved this visit without frills and redecoration touch-ups to take in the actual way of life in those times, of slave living quarters, carriage house, stables and the house and garden and finally learning much history.

Thank Suzanne D
Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

Felt more like an unfinished museum, but the self guided tour with headset was very informative. This house revealed more about slavery and the happenings in Charleston during the late 1800's. It's bare bones and well preserved artifacts tell the story of this family's life...More

Thank Moe33324
Reviewed 25 October 2015

This house is a must see. It is being restored but is still mostly in its original condition. The tour is done on headphones and is really good. You can actually get a sense of the family and it has the slave quarters intact. Loved...More

Thank Vitsemp
Reviewed 24 October 2015

A really beautiful well preserved house that tells the tale of charleston brilliantly. A must if you are interested in the history

Thank Travel682
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Ryan H
I read that you can buy joint tickets to multiple homes to save money, can you do this at each site or do you have to go to the Chamber or elsewhere?
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
How much time should i allow to visit?
19 November 2015|
Response from Sarah M | Reviewed this property |
an hour