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Nathaniel Russell House, Charleston

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Experience all the grandeur of the city that was once among the most prosperous in the Western Hemisphere at Nathaniel Russell House. In the early 19th century, Charleston was a bustling trade hub, and the place where the merchant Nathaniel Russell made his fortune. His house is a masterfully restored gem of neoclassical, Adamesque architecture. Take in the lavish period decorations and furniture, hand-picked to best represent the original splendor of this historic house. Admire the famous three-story, floating spiral staircase--a masterpiece of interior design, even by today’s standards. Guided tours are available, but bear in mind that taking photos inside the house is not permitted. With our world travel planner, Charleston attractions like Nathaniel Russell House can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Charleston is serviced by dozens of local hotels and practically every major U.S. chain. Expect to pay top dollar for a room on the downtown peninsula, particularly if you wish to stay in one of the historic hotels. The upside of taking a room there is the proximity of all major attractions--you won't need a car to explore and enjoy your visit. Less expensive options are available in North Charleston, West Ashley, and Mount Pleasant, where you'll find all kinds of inns for the budget-conscious traveler.
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  • It was so wonderful to see an old mansion returned to very close to the original grandeur. Not only is the home beautiful but the gardens are as well.  more »
  • We decided to pay for the tour through this lovely home and we were not disappointed. It has beautiful furnishings and an amazing staircase that is built in mid air. The docent was very informative. T...  more »
  • Beautifully restored home. Great history lesson on one of the many wealthy families of Charleston. The stair case was breath taking, but everything we saw was beautiful and interesting. Our tour guide...  more »
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  • This is one of the most beautiful historical homes I have ever been in. The home was restored to how it would look for a wealthy family in the early 1800's. The tour guide, Joy, was wonderful. I would recommend this place to all.
  • The house has been beautifully restored. Lots of very fine details and of course the famously beautiful staircase was marvelous. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable too.
  • The unique floating staircase is worth the price of admission on its own, but the architecture and history of the house and Russell family was interesting as well! Also...don't miss the joggling board outside!
  • The jewel of Charleston's house museums, a don't miss attraction!
  • Went here for my child's field trip. It was really great!