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Nathaniel Russell House

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Nathaniel Russell House

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Hale F wrote a review Feb. 2021
Oxford, Mississippi347 contributions136 helpful votes
The tour provides insights into the opulent time of Charleston, the cost and human capital (slavery) in maintaining it and the art and architecture of the antebellum times. It is well maintained and some magnificent unique features such as the staircase. The self-guided tour is well worth the time. Get the combinations tours a good deal.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Ms. Salsa wrote a review Jan. 2021
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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, the house is an interesting and very beautiful one to see. Of all the mansions we visited, this one was one of my favorite ones. It captured its original setting as best as it could and it gave you a very close impression of what life was like back then.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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flashncrash wrote a review Nov. 2020
Berkeley, California747 contributions393 helpful votes
A grand abode for its time in the city, the Nathaniel Russell House shows what a person with money can have. We were here in December 2019 so we had a guided tour. Too bad the tours no longer traverse the grand staircase that to me was the highlight of the house. On the first floor there is a plexiglass cut-out so you can check out the construction of the stairs which is freestanding and uses no nails or screws. Of course the rooms are beautiful with windows aplenty and decorated for the time period. I'm not sure about the balconies because they don't look like they could hold very many people, perhaps more for decoration. Certainly some changes to the house have been undertaken as the kitchen used to be where the tour entrance and small gift store is. The slave quarters are no more and I'm sure much of the land has been repurposed. Would love to see the original architectural plans! Definitely recommend doing the duo Nathaniel Russel House and Aiken-Rhett House tour.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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JKW3 wrote a review Nov. 2020
Livermore, California489 contributions144 helpful votes
The Historic Charleston Foundation has done a super job of putting this self-guided tour together. They used to give you headsets to listen, but now with covid they give you a handheld device, or you can download the app and do the tour with your own phone. It's a beautiful house, and we really enjoyed hearing about the house and the Russell family. They've recently discovered some artifacts from the enslaved persons who also lived here. It will be a while before they're able to put together that part of the house, but I would love to come back again to learn more!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Stephanie D wrote a review Nov. 2020
Atlanta, Georgia1,134 contributions183 helpful votes
My friends and I visited here recently and really enjoyed the house tour. We bought our tickets online ahead and time and that made for a quick entry into the house. It is a bit clunky right now (due to COVID) as there are no headphones for the audio tour, you have to download the app and then listen to the tour. The home itself is immaculately renovated and just gorgeous. Honestly, the staff was NOT super friendly but we only had to interact with them twice and otherwise were left to ourselves -- which was ok with us. The grounds are also beautiful and the history is mind-boggling. Definitely worth the money.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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