Edmondston-Alston House, Charleston

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#4 of 15 in Museums in Charleston
Admire the open floor plan in Edmondston-Alston House, which is an adaptation of English Regency design. Built by Charles Edmondston in 1820, the house features the family's furniture, silver, and keepsakes displayed as if unmoved from where the former residents casually left them. See an original copy of the Ordinance of Secession, as well as the family portraits. The main rooms house temporary exhibits, which often explore secessionists, slavery, and the American Civil War. Join a 30-minute guided tour of the property, or call in advance to arrange a private tour. If you'd like more time in the historical and luxurious environment, stay in the bed-and-breakfast on the grounds. Our Charleston trip itinerary maker app makes visiting Edmondston-Alston House and other Charleston attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The home is located just a short walk from Battery Park and the just beyond the seawall overlooking Charleston Harbor and bay with Ft.Sumter easily seen. The home is wonderfully original with furnitur...  more »
  • This tour was fascinating as the home is still in the original family's lineage. So much history and a fabulous view of the water. Seeing a glimpse of life in the Golden Age was quite enjoyable.  more »
  • Beautiful home from the Early 1800s with furniture from the period and very knowledgeable tour guide. Not best for small children but the tour only lasts about 30 min.  more »
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  • The tour guide was so informative, took her time to explain the details, history, stories behind the house. The house itself doesn’t really have that much inside but it still have all the furniture. We didn’t get to see the bedrooms and where their workers were but I think it was a good deal given the $12 price and 35-40 mins spent touring.
  • This was a great tour for a rainy day, and a quintessential house tour of Charleston. The house itself is beautiful and the women who staff the front lobby and tours are friendly. You'll be treated to all sorts of information on the family, particularly the Alston family that still owns the property (a current descendant still inhabits the top floor of the building) and their role in the evolution of Charleston. Note that photos are not allowed inside the building. For this part of the tour, I give four stars. However, there were a few comments made by our tour guide about the Civil War insinuating that it would be better referred to by other terms (she suggested common alternatives such as "The War of Northern Aggression" and others) which added nothing to the tour but to politicize it in a way that left only a sour taste in my mouth for her, the tour, and the foundation that runs the property.
  • Great house tour! Informative history and beautiful artifacts including an original purdey rifle!
  • Nice tour of the house and family history of the Edmondston and Ashton families. Is a great compliment to the Middleston Place. Loved the views of the battery from the balcony. Choose the house tour only or buy a combination ticket and go see the Middleton Plantation too!
  • This Battery front home has beautiful views and a wonderful interior. Definitely a must when exploring historic Charleston!

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