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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%
  • Poor2%
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48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
+1 843-723-1159
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were able to visit the Aiken Rhett House during the historic freeze and snow of 2018. It is fascinating to see time stopped at this house. Great preservation of a house built in 1820. Wonderful tour, and learned so much!

Thank momdbarnett
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I chose the Aiken-Rhett House as the one house I toured while in Charleston and I wasn't disappointed. The audio tour is great and the way the house has been preserved is AMAZING! I loved that it hasn't been restored. I definitely suggest going

1  Thank kdclark
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This will never be restored to look like the other wonderful house museums in Charleston, and that's just fine. This has incredible history and some beautiful pieces - and the audio tour of the house and grounds is really well done. I used the DASH...More

Thank MA9065
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We explored the Aiken-Rhett House Museum and the Nathaniel Russell House Museum. The unique preservation of the house and property is amazing. The self- guided tour was interesting and provided great information but didn't compare to the guided tour of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum.

Thank Melissa H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see! Loved how the home has been preserved so you can see the unadultered look of the house as it was back in the day. A self guided tour which is easy to follow.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An unrestored time-warp that enables the imagination free reign. Thought-provoking and well worth a visit.

Thank GreatProphetZarquon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even if you have visited other historic homes in Charleston, I recommend viewing this home as it gives one a more complete view of urban antebellum living. The home is "preserved as found" rather than restored. It is unique to be able to view the...More

Thank AprilFool27
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very unique, old Southern mansion. They have left things mostly as they were back in the old times and it is very interesting to see things that way. Not too expensive of an activity and well set up with a self paced audio tour.

Thank richardandkristy2012
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't expect to see the house recreated as it was in its glory days. There's been minimal restoration done. That's not to say it isn't interesting though. It's a self guided tour supplemented by an audio headset. Felt a bit pricey for what you get.

1  Thank Jim P
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

Great tour. Very informative, especially if you are interested in learning more about how life was for the urban slaves of antebellum Charleston. Highly recommend.

1  Thank FSUMarley
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Ryan H
29 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
19 November 2015|
Response from Sarah M | Reviewed this property |
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