Aiken-Rhett House, Charleston

Constructed in 1820 by Charleston merchant John Robinson, Aiken-Rhett House serves as a time capsule for 19th-century Southern architecture and the life of the Aiken family who took ownership of the property in 1827. Surrounded by palm trees and other greenery, the preserved, three-story home is on the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds were also home to a number of skilled African American slaves, who were freed after the end of the Civil War. You can wander the area and see their living quarters. The family passed the property down from one generation to the next until the house was donated to the Charleston Museum in 1975. Make Aiken-Rhett House part of your personalized Charleston itinerary using our Charleston trip itinerary builder app .
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  • This house differs from other Charleston homes since it has not been restored. There's a lot of chipped paint and shredded wallpaper, but it was still really interesting. It gives a real honest look i...  more »
  • My daughters and I visited this house last week on our stay in Charleston. It was by far our favorite home to tour. We arrived however at 4:10 with the final tour of the day being 4:15. The older lady...  more »
  • Plenty of antiques and lots history behind this mansion and other things you can see in Charleston. Ft. Sumpter, carriage rides, walking tours, plenty of great southern food dishes to eat and much mor...  more »
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  • This by far was a cool way to tour a house. You're given a portable speaker which guides through the house from room to room. You were able to see and feel the history walking through the rooms. Very cool tour...took maybe 40 minutes. The price was good and very fair if you get the 2 house special which includes the Nathaniel house tour. I would definite recommend you visit this house.
  • Absolutely gorgeous home. I love that it is self-guided with audio so you can enjoy the experience at your own pace. Really liked that they basically left the home as-is in its natural state. Self guided audio tour took about an hour and a lot of it was outside, so best to go on a day with good weather. So much house and history to take in, want to go back for a second look!
  • Beautiful historic experience. I would love to hear more oral history about the African American slaves who lived and worked here. I enjoyed the audio tour. Definitely a great place to visit when touring Charleston!
  • The house is preserved as found. So not restored and all original. Staff are knowledgeable and you take an audio tour through the building. Also has attached outbuildings and slave quarters that are unique to this property.
  • Great house that still shows the life of the owners and slaves of three 1800s. Raw with many original furnishings. The audio tour was very informative. I wish it was restored a little more.

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