Aiken-Rhett House, Charleston

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. Make Aiken-Rhett House part of your personalized Charleston itinerary using our Charleston trip itinerary builder app .
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  • 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 tou...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • The place is not restored and, in my opinion, it is better this way, as visitors can have the right feeling of how it used to be. The audioguide is very helpful and detailed. The house is also interesting to get insight into the life of slaves "owned" by rich and educated families.
  • Preferred this home to the Nathaniel Russell house because of its authenticity. You could truly feel how old the house was, it was not done-up with fake furniture posing as original pieces. However, the combo ticket was a good purchase because it allowed us to compare/contrast the two properties. This house has more history, the Nathaniel Russell house is more about period furniture pieces, wall treatments, decorations etc. so it’s really just what you prefer.
  • A wonderfully detailed audio tour of an amazing historic property. I appreciate the preservation choices they are making...but it’s still hard to see this beautiful structure unrestored. Still, well worth a visit and especially interesting in contrast with the Nathaniel Russell house.
  • The audio tour allows you to move at your own pace, stop and ask questions, taking your time to get all you can out of the experience. It was, by far, the highlight of our house tours. Takes you back to that time period.
  • Well worth a visit to see this piece of antebellum preservation. Really detailed and helpful audio guide.

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