Nathaniel Russell House, Charleston

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#4 of 25 in Historic Sites in 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. 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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  • August 12, 2017
    This was a fascinating tour. The woman who gave the tour was so knowledgable and interesting. We enjoyed every minute of the tour. We had to leave early since we had a flight, but they were very graci...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Wandered past several times during my visit and and it stood out as a wonderful home and restoration. Many wonderful homes in this area but this is a standout - wonderful illustration of the style of ...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    The Two Sisters Walking Tour recommended we come here. For $12 you get a guided tour that lasts about 35 minutes. Its a gorgeous home and the guide pointed out many interesting facts  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    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.
  • May 22, 2017
    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.
  • July 9, 2017
    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!
  • June 18, 2017
    The jewel of Charleston's house museums, a don't miss attraction!
  • April 3, 2017
    Went here for my child's field trip. It was really great!

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