Aiken-Rhett House, Charleston

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • Very interesting tour that was well done. I enjoyed the slave history and buildings the most. The house was in a beautiful residential area.  more »
  • You never know what you'll find if you don't start digging. In 2016, a team of archaeologists began to research and survey the slave dwellings on the Aiken-Rhett property in Charleston, South...  more »
  • Amazing time spending two hours learning about history. Learning about southern history from that time period and understanding more about the daily lives of slaves. The house is actually preserved so you have the opportunity to see real life artifacts from the owners. Learning how the home and property has survived many storms through out the years is remarkable.
  • My mom and I aren’t “history buffs” but we both really enjoyed this!! The audio guide allows you to go at your own pace throughout each space and room of this preserved house. The way the audio is set up really allows you to imagine what life was life for these people. Definitely a must see!!

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