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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 purchased a two day Heritage Passport at the Visitor Center and visited the Aiken-Rhett House along with four other properties in one day. The passport is a great value and I highly recommend it. The five houses included in the passport each provide a...More

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived at exactly 4:15 for the final tour of the day, but the door was locked. We knocked repeatedly and hunted for a different entrance. After ringing the door bell multiple times a rude women barely cracked the door and told us we were...More

Thank pgv333
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ducked into the Aiken-Rhett house on a rainy Charleston day. This wasn't entirely ideal (the early parts of the tour are outdoors!) but the place was an excellent way to wait out a storm. The house dates back to the late 18th/early 19th century,...More

Thank Jeffrey R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were surprised at how well we enjoyed the visit here. A well done guided audio tour highlighted our experience. The house is unique in that it is unrestored, giving you the best idea about what it would have been like living there originally. Can't...More

Thank JVass
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good history tour with a audio headset to explain things to you as you go thru the house. There is no A/C so it is muggy in there. The little lady "welcoming" you certainly could be a lil more hospitable! A heads up to all...More

1  Thank BSA917
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the peculiarity about this house is that it isn't restarted, they kept everything as it was, and that could give a "sordid" impression, but i think it's a nice way to do it. Of course, as i'm european the badge "old" for us has a...More

Thank cruckie
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Enjoyed this self guided audio tour. Charleston has so many shops, bars and restaurants. Free bus routes throughout the historic area.

Thank Diana V
Reviewed 15 August 2017

This audio tour was by far one of the highlights of our trip. It is 45 minutes long and you can stop the audio, rewind, ff, as much as you'd like so you're certainly not rushed in any way. There are also staff members available...More

Thank Alisha374
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Visited this historic home on a sweltering hot day. Took the audio tour which was fascinating and well-done. I really appreciate that this home has been kept as close to "intact" as possible - you really get to walk through history. The slave quarters are...More

Thank wndyctyGAL
Reviewed 11 August 2017

We had a rainy Sunday afternoon and decided this indoor activity would be a perfect way to spend the day. It was an eye-opening experience to see the various levels of preservation within the early 1800s era home and to see how much space was...More

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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
18 November 2015|
Response from Sarah M | Reviewed this property |
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