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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  • If you want to see how some of the wealthy in Charleston lived during the early 1800's, this is a good home to visit. It has been restored to its original splendor. The entry door and "free'flying sta...  more »
  • This shipping merchant's home reveals the owner's love to flaunt his wealth. The interior's grand entrance is influenced by the early 19th century Adam style of curved ovals, elaborate plaster work de...  more »
  • With this tour, you can also visit the Aiken-Rhett house. Free flying staircase was a sight and great information provided on the tour.  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!

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