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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  • Go if only to look at the wonderful floating staircase. Then stand back and marvel at how it was engineered way back then. Its truly wonderful  more »
  • This house tour and can purchased as a combination ticket with the Aiken-Rhett House also which makes it a very good deal! This house is a restored house which was beautifully done. The family history...  more »
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  • Well kept. Okay history but I found more interesting stories doing other things such as a walking tour. Self guided tour is not bad and well produced, though the headphones could use a bit of an update. There are ultimately 4 or 5 rooms. In Charleston this is one of the better, if not best homes that isn't a plantation, but when stacked against other similar tours in the world, this ranks at a solid, positive 3 stars, considering the perspective of being in Charleston. Worth going to, but not worth going out of the way or prioritizing.
  • This was a special time in Charleston's history and this home is a unique piece of Charleston's legacy. This Federalist style house is a treasure. The well manicured gardens and majestic specimen trees provide the perfect frame for this architectural landmark. The meticulous and historically accurate restorations provide the patron with a genuine portal in time. The original colors of paint, wallpaper and gold leaf all provide a true and accurate visions of a segment of Charleston's colonial life. The three story floating cantilevered stairwell is a surreal example of world-class period architecture. While only the first and second floors have been restored at this point, the tour provided a more than sufficient opportunity to experience the grandeur of this home. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, attentive and helpful. The gift shop had a good selection and decent prices. If you are making plans to visit the Charleston area, I would reccomend a tour through this property. You will not be disappointed if you make the effort.

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