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Edmondston-Alston House

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Address: 21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
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Of Charleston's many fine house museums, only the Edmondston-Alston House...

Of Charleston's many fine house museums, only the Edmondston-Alston House (constructed in 1825 and enhanced in 1838) commands a magnificent view of Charleston Harbor.

From its piazza, General P. T. Beauregard watched the fierce bombardment of Ft. Sumter on April 12, 1861, signaling the start of the Civil War. And on December 11 of the same year, the house gave refuge to General Robert E. Lee the night a wide-spreading fire threatened his safety in a Charleston hotel.

Much like the Middleton Place House Museum, the collection at the Edmondston-Alston House Museum consists of pieces that belonged to the family, reflecting not only family history but American history.

Despite the ravages of the Civil War, the Earthquake of 1886 and numerous hurricanes, the Alston family pieces remain in place much as they have for over 150 years. Notable in the collection is an original print of the Ordinance of Secession, portraits, dining room table, gas lights, mirror and exquisite interior woodwork.

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The Edmondston-Alston house was part of our walking tour we were on for the day. Our guide through this home was knowledgable and answered questions our group had about the family... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Edmondston-Alston house was part of our walking tour we were on for the day. Our guide through this home was knowledgable and answered questions our group had about the family and furniture pieces in the home. The home is absolutely stunning and well preserved. The grounds in the courtyard looked beautiful as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Very authentic Georgian house with great tour guides. This 30 minute tour gives you a small insight into the beginnings of south Charleston, who it was built up and by whom and gives you a good view to Fort Sumter. This is very good for people looking for period pieces in great condition with a strong lineage and story to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Home tours get expensive fast, so choose well. This home is beautiful and it is cool knowing one of the family members still lives on the top floor. That being said, know that the tour covers the public space on two floors only. The guide we had was knowledgeable and pleasant.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a nice tour, just us and one other couple. The tour guide was engaging and very detailed with the family tree and relationships. Typically, I prefer a house tour that spends more time on architecture, style, or explaining the use/origin of certain articles from that time period. This house seemed to mostly be an avenue to explain the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have toured many historic homes across America and Europe. This guided tour was too pretentious,and lacked an educated, interacting guide. The guide was quick to ignore any guests under 50, especially when questions were presented. She only knew the facts they had trained her to highlight in the tour, and when she asked if we had any questions, rather... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house is perfectly lovely, with a great view of the harbor. The family history is interesting too.

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Casper, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour guide was extremely informed about each piece of furniture, oil paintings, and the family history of the home. The tour takes you on the first and second floor of the home only. The house is beautiful and it's an enjoyable tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a lovely spot. Waiting for the tour to begin on the veranda was a highlight. Loved the historical information about the furnishings (which were exquisite) and the families that lived there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our tour guide was amiable and VERY knowledgeable. The whole tour was nice but we especially enjoyed the second floor's rooms, especially the library overlooking the harbor,and shelves filled with books from earlier times. The music/ entertainment rooms left us with a wonderful picture of life in the 1800's( at least for some).We did not see the slaves quarters. Some... More 

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Gastonia, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While the house is beautiful and a great piece of Charleston history, the tour just felt... off? Our guide was informative but lacked personality. We're a young couple and it almost felt as if we were not welcome due to our age. There was a sense of pretentiousness that just wasn't our style. I would not recommend taking children. As... More 

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