Edmondston-Alston House, Charleston

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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. Plan your visit to Edmondston-Alston House and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Charleston travel itinerary maker.
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  • Went with my wife and had a great time. Learned a lot and the house is beautiful. Would recommend it as a place to see in town  more »
  • I didn't plan on touring this house, but happened to walk by and thought what the heck? The next tour was starting in 10 minutes, so it was good timing. Very interesting and a look back at old Charles...  more »
  • The guide was full of energy, smiles, and facts. She was a doll. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. My best room was the music room.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Great historic site with interesting architecture. Well worth the visit!
  • This is a wondetful, historic site with great views of the Charleston harbor. The staff is always welcoming.
  • Few museums are also private residences in the same family for 180 years. Gen Beauregard commanded the Battle of Fort Sumter from the porch.

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