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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Coastal & Islands
48 Elizabeth ST,
Charleston, SC 29403
Info & Amenities
I-26 E. to the Meeting St. exit. Travel S. On Meeting, turn left on John St., then left on Elizabeth St.
Tickets are $12. Visit both the Aiken-Rhett House and Nathaniel Russell House for $18. Children ages 6-16 are $5 and can visit both for $10. Children ages 5 and younger are free.
Days and Hours of Operation
M-Sa 10am-5pm; Su 2-5pm. Last tour begins at 4:15pm.
Days and Holidays Closed
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day
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$2 off for members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation