Aiken-Rhett House


Aiken-Rhett House

The Aiken-Rhett House was originally built by John Robinson in 1820 and then sold to William Aiken Sr. in 1827. Aiken died a few years later, and the house was left to his son William Aiken Jr. who was the former Governor of South Carolina from 1844 -1846. William Aiken Jr. renovated and expanded the house in the 1850’s. The house was then passed down and remained in the family for 142 years until it was bought by the Charleston Museum and opened as a house museum in 1975. The Historic Charleston Foundation purchased the House in 1995. Much of the original style of the house has been preserved and it is one of the few houses that has not been restored. You will see the original wallpaper, original paint colors, and some original furnishings. In the back of the house, the slave quarters, kitchen and yard remain as they were when the original occupants lived in the house. Tickets can be purchased at the door and combo tickets can be purchased for the Aiken-Rhett House and the Nathaniel Russell House. Allow 1-2 hours to tour the house, slave quarters and kitchen.



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Aiken-Rhett House Hours and Admission


Hours:
Open Daily 10 am - 5 pm
Last tour begins at 4 pm

Aiken-Rhett House Admission:
Adults (17+) $15
Child (6-16) $7
Children under 6 Free

Combo Admission for Aiken-Rhett House and Nathaniel Russell House
Adult combos $24
Child 6-16 combos $12

Note about Summer Hours - On days with extreme heat, the Aiken-Rhett House Museum may close early. Please call (843) 723-1159 to verify the schedule on hot summer days.


Aiken-Rhett House Address and Map


Aiken-Rhett House
48 Elizabeth St
Charleston SC 29403
(843) 723-1159
Aiken-Rhett House Website


Current and Upcoming Events
at the Aiken-Rhett House


What: Community Day at the Aiken-Rhett House Museum
When: Oct. 1, 2022
Time: 11 am - 2 pm
Where: Aiken-Rhett House Museum
Admission: Free

Historic Charleston Foundation is excited to announce Community Day at The Aiken-Rhett House Museum. This family-friendly day features free admission to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, including the Flight textile installation and art exhibit by Mary Edna Fraser. Join us for a day of education, activities, entertainment, and community. This event will be free and open to the public.


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