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 is a beautiful historic home that you can experience through a self guided tour, because it is self guided I would not recommend for small children since there isn't much to keep their interest.. I recommend parking in a parking area downtown then walking to the House, depending upon which garage you park at it's a super short walk plus the House is located in a beautiful area. Once you walk up to the door it will either be open or you ring a bell and someone will assist you(part of the tour crosses in front of the door so they do this for safety purposes). You pay at a register, you are given an MP3 player, and then put your things in a free locker and take the key with you on the tour so you don't have to worry about anyone taking anything. An employee instructs you on how to use the player and you are off on the tour. In my opinion a self guided tour is so nice because you can stop the tape to read plaques and look at the different artifacts or architecture in the rooms. Overall, it is a beautifully maintained home full of history and lots of cool things to look at.
  • Great place to visit to get a feel of the real history of Charleston. The private tour with a set of headphones lets you move at your own pace. Its interesting to compare the type of preservation of this house compared to type of preservation of the Nathanial Russell house. They have discounted tickets for visiting both.
  • We really enjoyed our tour. The staff was super friendly. Our 6 and 9 year olds enjoyed it as well. Kids were given a scavenger hunt that we all enjoyed. Self-guided audio tour was very informative. Quite an experience to walk through the house and slave quarters.
  • 10 stars!! I've seen and visited a lot of historic homes, buildings, etc, but this was by far one of the most beautifully, time frozen places I have ever seen. It's very important to note that this place is not restored, it is preserved! So you will see it virtually untouched with chippy walls, creaky uneven floors, original furniture, and so much more. I especially loved the slave quarters because you could truly see and feel how they lived back then and the difference their plain, small rooms were from the lavish Aiken house. It was just amazing and eye opening. I loved being able to self tour with our head sets so we could see it at our own pace and marvel over everything. I would definitely return again!! We spent 3 days in Charleston seeing a lot, and this was our favorite!
  • Very neat little tour. As the website description states, really everything is left in the state it was found with perhaps exception of the art gallery area. The $12 entry comes with a guided audio tour that walks you through the property and tells the story of the family, history, and renovations this home has been through. Will warn that part of this has you your outside. Also note that most of the home has no air conditioning (exception being the gallery area) but they do place fans throughout to help with air flow.

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