Nathaniel Russell House, Charleston

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. Using our international travel planner, Charleston attractions like Nathaniel Russell House can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This is the house museum I remember from a trip to Charleston in the mid-80s, and I had to see it again. It's still as perfect and historical as ever, and I was so happy to know that it will be a trea...  more »
  • We toured both Nathaniel Russell House Museum and Aiken-Rhett House Museum. We thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum. The personalization afforded by the tour guide ...  more »
  • The “hanging staircase”is an amazing site. Beautiful home Nd the guide was wonderful. Can’t remember her first her name but last name was Breen. She was a wonderful guide and taught us much history of...  more »
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  • My favorite of all Charleston homes this is definitely the most beautiful inside and out. It has been fully restored and look as though the Russel family could walk in at any time! From the breathtaking winding staircase to the beautiful drawing room with views of Meeting street if you plan on going to a historic home while in Charleston this should be the one!
  • Loved the home! The tour gave a lot of good information for the era. The furnishings were era correct but most were not the owners from that time.
  • Perhaps the finest example of Federal on display in the country. An Elegant free flying spiral staircase is cantilevered three floors. Beautiful gardens and the tour starts in the old kitchen house.
  • Beautifully preserved. Amazingly educational. Would definitely recommend taking the kids for an educational outing.
  • So worth the time to visit. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was relaxed and friendly and informative. The house is lovely and well furnished.

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