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Aiken-Rhett House, Charleston

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Constructed in 1820 by Charleston merchant John Robinson, Aiken-Rhett House serves as a time capsule for 19th-century Southern architecture and the life of the Aiken family who took ownership of the property in 1827. Surrounded by palm trees and other greenery, the preserved, three-story home is on the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds were also home to a number of skilled African American slaves, who were freed after the end of the Civil War. You can wander the area and see their living quarters. The family passed the property down from one generation to the next until the house was donated to the Charleston Museum in 1975. Aiken-Rhett House is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Charleston Edition.
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TripAdvisor
  • Excellent audio tour included with admission. Great example of preservation instead of restoration approach to understanding history. 
  • The unrestored house was interesting in its own way. Very different than the other houses we saw. It was my friends favorite house. I liked having an audio tour. If you wanted to pause it during the t...  more »
  • The Aiken-Rhett House is unique to other houses you can tour in Charleston. First, it has an audio tour so you can go about the grounds at your own pace. Second, they are preserving without restoring ...  more »
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  • The Aiken-Rhett House is a must see. The home and out buildings have many unique stories waiting for you to come discover. The tour is very informational, but there are helpful staff members to answer any questions you have. Kind personal people, mixed with old Charleston stories make an excellent tour.
  • This was my favorite of the houses we visited. It is an audio tour but that's actually okay. You get to see a lot of the house and the slave quarters and the house is in its original condition which is fascinating.
  • If you love old architectural details untouched for centuries and wish you could make discoveries of old lost buildings this is your kind of place. If you wish you could see old houses in their original untouched condition before restoration or dreaded "remodel/updating" search no further in Charleston. If you prefer a shiny mint condition home with new drapes, rugs and a lot of new looking antique furniture there are many other houses for you to tour in Charleston. I prefer the former and was flabbergasted by this place and all it's peeling glory. Make sure that you have the docent explain well how to stop/pause/restart the little audio gadget and than go back in time.
  • Aiken-Rhett was my favorite historic home that I visited in Charleston. There's a digital audio headset tour so your tour is self-paced.
  • Great and place not renovated but conserved in its original state. There are self guided audio tours that is no less informative than a personal guided tour.