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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%
  • Poor1%
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“audio tour” (238 reviews)
“own pace” (132 reviews)
“slave quarters” (297 reviews)
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48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
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+1 843-723-1159
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"original state"
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Reviewed June 5, 2016

We arrived just in time to do the last tour of the day which is a self guided 45 minute audio tour. The audio tour was flawless and was actually a bit more informative than the other house tours we did with tour guides. This...More

Thank gd1147
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Reviewed June 5, 2016

Sparsely furnished mansion, yet one of our favorites due to all of the historic details, including slave quarters and carriage house. This home suffered damaged from water intrusion during Hurricane Hugo, so do not expect excellent condition, other than the mansion's museum room, which is...More

Thank Kim G
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Reviewed June 4, 2016

The audio tour was very informative and interesting. I loved that the home has not been restored but is instead mostly as it was at the time of the Civil War. It was quite warm in Charleston this day in June, but there were nice...More

Thank Monica B
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Reviewed June 3, 2016

To enter the doors of this wonderful old mansion is to travel back in time. Rooms are left in a state of arrested decay and are unrestored, lending an air of quiet spookiness to the scene. Most visitors wear headphones but I prefer the lovely...More

Thank Andrew W
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Reviewed June 2, 2016

Time well spent going thru this home. It is preserved and interesting to see and imagine what it looked like. We toured this home and Nathaniel Russell home as a package and it was cheaper (and a great comparison). Really enjoyed this.

Thank Dave B
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Reviewed June 1, 2016

I wish someone would figure out how to fund the restoration of this beautiful home. The outside looks so nice, but the inside is depressing. I wish it could be restored to its former grandeur.

Thank sdkennerly
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Reviewed June 1, 2016

We enjoyed touring this original house. The audio tour shared the history of the families and the background of the house.

Thank Sue S
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Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

Contrary to the other home tours this house is frozen in time with the original wall paper peeling off and the mat carpet rolled up on the floor. That's what makes it great as it's not manicured to transport you in the guilded moment of...More

Thank S K
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Reviewed May 26, 2016

The Aiken-Rhett house provides a wonderful peek into Charleston's past through a visit to an old house that has been in one family over 200 years. A visit here shows you how the family lived- it is not some refurbished 'Disneyland' version of Charleston in...More

Thank Terry B
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Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful treat to have this home and urban plantation in Charleston. We were very happy with the self guided audio tour and the volunteers who were there to answer questions. The walls, furniture, art and books were so beautiful. We had a hard...More

Thank Stacia M
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Jackie P
March 13, 2018|
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Response from LSD11 | Reviewed this property |
Allow an hour to visit each house. Parking is on-street for both houses.
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Ryan H
March 28, 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.
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Gina H
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