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Edmondston-Alston House, Charleston

Edmondston-Alston House, Charleston (must see)

One of Charleston's grandest and oldest historic houses, the three-story Edmondston-Alston House was built between 1820-28 with a panoramic view of Charleston Harbor and the High Battery, the city's well-known waterfront promenade. Made of brick and stucco-faced, it is mostly surrounded by a wrought-iron railing fence built on top of a 3ft brick wall.

The front staircase leads to the two drawing rooms on the 2nd floor, with small rooms behind them that once served as withdrawing spaces – one for men and the other for women. Notable also on that level are the 14ft-high ceilings with large window and door openings (for good air flow circulation during summer), and a room of books for library use and reading.

The English Regency-style, Greek Revival house was constructed by shipping merchant Charles Edmondston, a Scottish immigrant who purchased the low sandy lot in 1817, which was made fit for residential construction as soon as a sea wall was built by city officials in 1820. Edmondston wasted no time in building his showplace; additionally, the property originally contained a kitchen and servants' quarters, horse stables and facilities for carriages.

Why You Should Visit:
This house is made special by the fact 90-95% of the décor and fixtures are authentic. It has been so well maintained that little restoration has been needed. The guided tour – a unique opportunity to peer into the homes lining the Battery – is definitely worth taking and the price is reasonable for the perspective it offers on what life was once like in Charleston.

Opening Hours (Guided Tours):
Tue-Sat: 10am–4:30pm; Sun, Mon: 1–4:30pm

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Edmondston-Alston House on Map

Sight Name: Edmondston-Alston House
Sight Location: Charleston, USA
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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