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Edmondston-Alston House

21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
+1 843-722-7171
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Cool, old house!

Great view of the Cooper River. Tour is short. House is lived in, so rooms you see are limited to... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2017
Julie F
St. Paul Park.
via mobile
Nice respite

We took the tour mid day. It was 30 + minutes. Nice way to get some history & get out of the sun... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2017
Elaine L
Tampa, Florida
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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
+1 843-722-7171
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Great view of the Cooper River. Tour is short. House is lived in, so rooms you see are limited to a few. We learned some interesting facts. The walk leading up to the house was worth it, just look and be amazed. Skip the $12...More

Thank Julie F
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

We took the tour mid day. It was 30 + minutes. Nice way to get some history & get out of the sun. The tour guide was full of interesting fact about the house & the family, then & now. If you like history you...More

1  Thank Elaine L
Reviewed 16 May 2017

My sister and I were able to enjoy a whirlwind visit to Charleston for a family wedding. We took a pedicab ride on Thursday evening and the driver told us about the house tours. We visited this home after visiting Battery Park and found it...More

1  Thank Debra T
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Beautiful home overlooking the bay, with interesting family history. Artwork by one of the family. Original printing of the secession proclamation. Worth a visit.

Thank Andy_from_Broomall
Reviewed 11 May 2017

I loved that this tour included the first and second floor piazzas. The view is amazing. The inside has some unique artifacts as well.

Thank D'Ann M
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

An historic home filled with family possessions (not replicas) from the time period. Docent led guided tour that lasts 30 minutes is informative. No pictures allowed inside. A descendent of the original Alston that owned the home lives on the 3rd floor. If you go...More

Thank Mari9
Reviewed 9 May 2017

My personal favorite of the historical house tours. The house and grounds were gorgeous. The tour not only spoke to the decor and architecture, it talked of the lifestyle which highlighted varies items and furniture. The guide was professional and genteel in his presentation. This...More

Thank srisbey
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Our tour guide admitted to being a retired history teacher and it showed. He was wonderful. We learned a lot about Charleston history and its early economy as well as the family the owned this beautiful house - still owns it. No photos inside but...More

Thank Sbengel
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Visiting the Emondston-Alston house is your opportunity to step inside one of the beautiful homes that line Charleston's Battery. All the original furnishings are intact, some having sat in the same rooms for 150 years. It really evokes history to stand on the upstairs piazza...More

1  Thank Scott H
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This tour is quick, just 30 minutes which is enough. It's worth it just to see the view from the second floor porch. This house is still owned by the family and a family member lives on the third floor. They explain a lot about...More

1  Thank Julie C
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Savannah W
Does it cost anything?
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
Joyce D
I need their phone number.
29 April 2016|
Response from Don B | Property representative |
The phone number for Edmondston-Alston House is (843) 722-7171. I hope you'll enjoy your visit!
Martha L
o I need a guild or can I just drop by there?
6 September 2015|
Response from Don B | Property representative |
All tours at the Edmondston-Alston House are conducted by an expert guide.