Edmondston-Alston House

21 E Battery
Charleston, SC 29401


The historic Edmondston-Alston House commands a sweeping view of the harbor from its location on Charleston's High Battery. Built in 1825 by merchant Charles Edmondston, Greek revival details were added in 1838 by Charles Alston, a wealthy rice planter. It is an outstanding example of a planter's town house, and is richly appointed with original furniture, tableware and Alston's library. A witness to many historic events, from its piazzas,General P.T. Beauregard watched the fierce bombardment of Ft. Sumter on April 12, 1861 — signaling the start of the Civil War. And on December 11 of the same year, the house gave refuge to General Robert E. Lee the nigh a fire threatened his safety at a Charleston hotel.

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21 E Battery
Charleston, SC 29401

Phone: 843-722-7171
Fax: 843-722-4176


  • Civil War
  • Admission : $12; students $8; age 5 and younger free. Package deals with Middleton Place also available. Call for details.
  • Days and Hours of Operation : Su-M 1-4:30pm; Tu-Sa 10am-4:30pm
  • Days and Holidays Closed : Thanksgiving, Christmas
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