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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  • The Aiken-Rhett House is a Preservation, rather than Restoration site. Therefore the foundation that owns the house has a mission to maintain the house in the condition it was found. The idea is that ...  more »
  • This historic house even has the dependencies still intact in a manner you can "feel" the activities of the kitchen, wash house and all the slaves who were living above these activities. The stables t...  more »
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  • Love this home tour! My favorite in Charleston! You must do the headset audio tour to really get the most out if it! Love to see it hasn't been redone up but really feels like stepping back in time without feeling bare. Just steps away from the visitors center and Charleston Museum. I try and take all of my guests in town downtown for this home tour.
  • I am so thankful I spent the time to visit! It was a great way to learn about the history of the area and the people who resided in this home. The self guided tour was informative and easy to use. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the preservation of this property, and am thankful it was not restored. It gives the experience a different feel (perhaps a little creepy) but it was exciting and memorable. I’ve toured plenty of historic homes, and this one stands out for it’s character. If you only have time for one stop on your visit to Charleston, I would recommend a tour here.

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