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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 3 days ago

Beautiful home full of history, It gives you a glimpse of what it would have been like to live here back in the day this house was build.

Thank Renee F
Reviewed 3 days ago

Although the Aiken-Rhett house is not restored, it allows one's imagination to delve into "what it must have been " when it was occupied by the original owners. The audio ear phones explain what you see as you travel at your own pace. We thought...More

Thank Jacque D
Reviewed 3 days ago

The audio tour with headset provided lots of insight as it guided us through this unrestored antebellum home where family continued to live until the 20th century. Esp. interesting were the cookhouse and laundry, the slave quarters, stable and carriage house, and separate service stairs...More

Thank MCW-Austin
Reviewed 1 week ago

This house is mostly not restored and is very historic showing what it was like living in the home in the early 1800s. The tour includes both the home and the slave quarters. Included is audio headphones to explain the different areas of the house.

1  Thank Greg H
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very informative insight into the life of a wealthy Charleston family in the 1800s ,the house belonging at one time to SC Governor William Aiken, and containing the original slave quartes and family rooms (also the ball room and art gallery). The house has...More

1  Thank Gurke13
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was wonderful to see this wonderful piece of history in its original state. We went at 2 pm, if we had known it wasn't air conditioned we would have gone first thing in the morning. Pictured below is the out house, now that's an...More

Thank JWL5B9
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great city! Love the old neighborhoods, this home is amazing to view and history is interesting. Worth finding this place.

Thank wbcrops
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured the Aiken-Rhett House yesterday. The house is amazing! We loved that it wasn't restored but simply bare bones preserved. You can see traces of old wallpaper....unique moldings...interesting light fixtures etc... The tour is a self guided audio tour. We explored the cellar, kitchen...More

1  Thank TracisTravels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is not your typical historic home. As the family lived here as fewer generations inhabited the house they closed up rooms. What you see is this as it was the day the rooms were reopened, peeling wallpaper, cracked ceilings, faded furniture. They have made...More

Thank Anna911
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house was reflecting the living standards of the plantation owners. The slaves who are serving also have decent living space

Thank Yuanxi Z
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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?
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
How much time should i allow to visit?
19 November 2015|
Response from Sarah M | Reviewed this property |
an hour