Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth ST

Charleston, SC 29403


Phone: (843) 723-1159

City: Charleston

Region: Coastal & Islands

Aiken-Rhett House

Built in 1820 and expanded and remodeled by Gov. William Aiken Jr., this palatial town residence showcases city life in antebellum Charleston. Aiken and his wife traveled to Europe and bought magnificent crystal and bronze chandeliers, classical sculptures and paintings to furnish the house. Many of these objects still remain. The intact work yard is one of the nation's most complete and compelling examples of African-American urban life. Original outbuildings include the kitchens, slave quarters, stables, privies and garden follies. Historic Charleston Foundation offers an exciting audio tour of this historic property.

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