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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
+1 843-723-1159
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

We took a three day walking tour of the historic district and this house was one of a number of the highlights-certainly worth a visit because of the quality of preservation of the property

Thank Larry D
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Thankfully, the gem of a house war restored. This southern charmer well worth the visit. Only negative is that it ts a self guided tour. No tour guide to answer questions. However, the recorded program is good. Would be better to have a Docent. Very...More

Thank rdpine
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Being able to look around the house at your own speed made this a great place. It is still as it was many years ago, with little renovation, but with some of the original furniture in situ. The tour gives a great overview of what...More

Thank woods01
Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

We did the audio tour of this house. It's a great tour of the house and the slave quarters. For an audio tour, it was very very good and informative.

Thank TheDude46
Reviewed 5 September 2015

My favorite house tour while in Charleston. You get an audio tour of house and grounds. This house is preserved rather than restored. We really got a good feel for the way of life on an "in town plantation ". Includes stables,slave quarters,kitchens,laundry rooms,ballroom and...More

Thank T M
Reviewed 25 August 2015

There are a few things that set the Aiken-Rhett House apart from the other historical houses you can tour in Charleston. They offer an audio tour, rather than a docent leading the tour, which allows you to dictate the pacing and length of the tour....More

1  Thank Charming_Karl
Reviewed 25 August 2015

Great historical tour. Pleasant, friendly docents. Loved being able to use head phones and self tour. One of the highlights of our Charleston visit.

Thank sallytravelsalot
Reviewed 24 August 2015

There are so many historic places to see in Charleston, South Carolina, and some of the homes are the most interesting. Like the Governor William Aiken House or the Aiken-Rhett House or the Robinson-Aiken House at 48 Elizabeth Street. Built in 1820, it was the...More

2  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 18 August 2015

This house is amaizing !!! One feels traveling back in time. The museum is unique in many ways. First, the house remained in the hands of family descendants for 142 years until it was sold to The Charleston Museum. Second, the fact that is was...More

2  Thank Diana C
Reviewed 13 August 2015

We went there for a special kids event and the staff was great, what a fun couple hours for our child. They did a mini tour of the house/stables/kitchen made a treat and there were two archaeologist there doing work and they took the time...More

1  Thank hbron1
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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?
18 November 2015|
Response from Sarah M | Reviewed this property |
an hour