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Aiken-Rhett House

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Aiken-Rhett House

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Ms. Salsa wrote a review Jan. 2021
47 contributions8 helpful votes
We bought the combo tickets for the Aiken-Rhett House and the Nathaniel Russell House. Due to the COVID issue, both tours are self-guided tours downloaded via an app on your phone. Unfortunately, although the intention is a good one, it has to be one of the most problematic ideas currently established. During the walk thru the house, you might find yourself wanting to listen to the same recording someone else already has begun in the same area, hence, you then can't continue until the other party ends their turn. Either that, or find yourself already listening in one area, when someone else comes in and rudely starts their own recording preventing you from listening to your own. Aside from that dilemma, this house was interesting to walk thru. Compared to other mansions visited in the same city, this one concentrated more on its preservation vs restoration. That's why some of the other reviews confuse the issue as a house not being taken care of. In its heyday, it is obvious it was a grand house for its time. I thought it was genius that the second floor, which served for entertaining mostly, already had pocket doors between the two main rooms allowing the area to be expanded even further. The large verandas were also impressive in size which welcomed a nice view. If you get to listen to the recordings in its entirety, you'll find they will be full of interesting facts.
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Date of experience: December 2020
flashncrash wrote a review Nov. 2020
Berkeley, California747 contributions393 helpful votes
Though in disrepair the Aiken-Rhett House shows its stately beauty well. The house appears turned ninety degrees from its grand balconies to where you actually enter and head downstairs to get instructions and download their app on your smartphone or get kitted with one of their handheld devices along with headphones (we were there pre-Covid. Off you go to learn about history or the era. The slaves quarters are stunning in their bareness. And to learn that one gentleman lived above the carriage house until really not that long ago! The ingenuity of the system to alert the staff but at the same time the latrine the slaves used in the compound were juxtapositions. Some things are still hard to fathom, like having the staff carry hot water up 3 flights of stairs to fill a bath. Again, despite the run-down condition of the A-R House one can tell how ornate the house must have been. Compared to the Nathaniel Russell House which itself is wonderful, you get to explore so much more of the A-R House. The balconies are immense but not really accessible. It would be stunning to see the A-R House brought back to its glory and I mean the entire compound.
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Date of experience: December 2019
TXColleenM wrote a review Nov. 2020
Fort Worth, Texas6 contributions
This was my favorite house to tour! They spent time on the slave quarters and what their lives were like, as well as the main house. It was fascinating seeing both sides. I really enjoyed the tour. Due to COVID, you download an app and listen at your own pace. It was really well done! Bring your own headphones, it really helps not to hear others phones playing while you are trying to listen to yours.
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Date of experience: November 2020
William B wrote a review Nov. 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
This amazing preserved home is a must see and an excellent tour (along with a Pineapple bus tour) to learn about the rich history of Charleston.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Wayne C wrote a review Oct. 2020
Franklin, Tennessee265 contributions99 helpful votes
Didn't know what to expect from a candlelight tour. The candles gave a good idea of how the house looked before gas and electricity was installed. Turned out to be wonderful. We were luck that our tour was presented by the museum director. He was very informative, sharing info about the house, family and city. The tour was so interesting that we didn't realize it had gone over time but no one cared. We walked around the house on the street the next morning to get a look in the daytime. This is a good example of a preservation vs a restored home. Allows you to see changes over time.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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