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 a gorgeous home, rich in history. Our concierge at the French Quarter Inn told us it was, in his view, the #1 property to see, and he was not wrong. The home was been beautifully restored and ...  more »
  • The Nathaniel Russell House is a great place to visit if you like to learn about life in early Charleston. They have done a lot of research into the way the House was painted and decorated in the 19th...  more »
  • Not really having a plan for our short stay in Charleston, we decided to check out the Nathaniel Russell House to get a little dosage of history. We learned not only about the family and the time peri...  more »
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  • The garden and the house was beautiful...it was really nice to see the tour guide be passionate about their jobs. They were very knowledgeable, so polite, and made everyone feel welcome. Plus, they always included every member of the tour group. Only down fall to this beautiful house was the owner made a lot of his wealth off of the slavery trade. Kind of sad history to know how some of the historical people in the city made their wealth. Very good price, especially if you get the 2 house package which includes the Aiken-Rhett home 30 minutes north. Spend a day in downtown, you'll enjoy the history.
  • Hands down my absolute historical home to tour in all of Charleston! The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and take justifiable pride in the quality of restoration that's been done. The colors and furnishings are accurate and dazzling. Many people don't realize our ancestors loved color too. The floating staircase is awe inspiring. Don't miss this gem of Charleston!!
  • This was lovely! We had a wonderful and informative tour of the home. The gardens were beautiful as well. Even our 7 year old twins enjoyed the tour, so it must have been great! :)
  • Historic house , as part of non profit called Historic Charleston Foundation. Taking a tour package of this house and Aiken Rhett is a good option as it brings the ticket price down. The house tour is guided and takes less than an hour. The house architecture is very unique and was innovative considering the era it was built. There is a gift shop near the entrance although not many options for souvenirs. Picture taking is allowed.
  • Amazing tour of a beautifully refinished, historic home. Definitely more interesting then they unfinished homes for us, also because I have issues with breathing in dust I really appreciate it all the work that went into redoing this house. Amazing tour guide (free with paid admission), HIGHLY recommend!

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