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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TripAdvisor
  • This is an interesting property. It is still inhabited on the 3rd floor, the back yard has a B&B, and thr floor plam is federal style at its most basic but overall it is quite nice. The library is fan...  more »
  • I would have loved to take pictures but it's not allowed due to the value of many of the items. We were also told that descendants of this property still live on the third floor so obviously there was...  more »
  • The guided tour is great as the history of the family is thoroughly explained. The house is lovely and looks out over the water. Thought it was worth the admission price. You can't see the top floor a...  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.
  • 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.
  • Nice tour but only a small portion of the home as the current owner occupies the remainder along with the museum offices. Informative guide