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Edmondston-Alston House

21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
+1 843-722-7171
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Great Guide Makes History Personal

On a recent visit to Charleston, my family toured several homes in the area. The Edmondston-Alston... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bob A
Huntersville, North Carolina
Nice to see the inside of a grand house

This was a nice surprise. The house is beautiful, and the tour guide was excellent. This doesn't... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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21 E Battery St, Charleston, SC 29401-2740
+1 843-722-7171
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On a recent visit to Charleston, my family toured several homes in the area. The Edmondston-Alston house was unique in that the house and the furnishings (for the most part) had stayed in the same family since the 1800s. Our guide did a super job...More

Thank Bob A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a nice surprise. The house is beautiful, and the tour guide was excellent. This doesn't take very long, so stop in to cool off as you walk around the city. You'll be rewarded with great surroundings and interesting information.

1  Thank kakiwynn
Reviewed 7 September 2017

When I was privileged to be a part of the touring aspect, I was very interested in the valuable time and accurate details representing the history of the home. I would love to be a part of it. It the time I was having an...More

Thank Roberta R
Reviewed 7 September 2017

A very handsome house beautifully furnished exclusively with possessions that have been in the family for a century or two.The current owner of this house (and Middleton Plantation) still lives here. Excellent display of how the Charleston elite lived before the Civil War.

Thank FWhiteIII
Reviewed 28 August 2017

The tour was ver quick but it is helpful in understanding the southern way of life. The family history is very interesting and there is a lot of the original furniture still in the house.

Thank jenjope
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Get a heritage pass at the Visitor Center for discounted admission to this house.The two lower floors are open for tours. The history of the house is fascinating and the view of the harbor is fabulous. A must visit. This was the only house we...More

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 25 August 2017

I have loved the Edmonston-Alston House since I first saw it in 1987 and it has not changed much since then. It is large, elegant and filled, still, with many family pieces, many of them from later pieces than the late Federal period during which...More

Thank Laura M
Reviewed 19 August 2017

What an incredible little piece of history in the middle of the Battery in Charleston. This house has some unbelievable original documents, pieces of art, original light fixtures, books, and other items, including furniture -- it looks like the family who lived in it left...More

1  Thank efsilverman
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Take a guided tour of this historic home, listen to the history of the "Lowcountry". Enjoy the views that our ancestors saw centuries ago.

Thank Carolina200101
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

Went with my wife and had a great time. Learned a lot and the house is beautiful. Would recommend it as a place to see in town

Thank John R
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Savannah W
25 September 2016|
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Response from dancingirlb4 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There are a couple of packages to choose from. You can choose just the house tour or a combination ticket which includes the Middleton Plantation. I recommend the combination ticket. I would check the website for... More
Joyce D
29 April 2016|
Response from Don B | Property representative |
The phone number for Edmondston-Alston House is (843) 722-7171. I hope you'll enjoy your visit!
Martha L
7 September 2015|
Response from Don B | Property representative |
All tours at the Edmondston-Alston House are conducted by an expert guide.