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Aiken-Rhett House

Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth Street
Charleston, SC 29401

The Aiken-Rhett House stands alone as the most intact townhouse complex showcasing urban life in antebellum Charleston. Built in 1818 and greatly expanded by Gov. and Mrs. William Aiken, Jr. in the 1830s and 1850s, the house has survived virtually unaltered since 1858. A successful businessman, rice planter, distinguished politician and governor of South Carolina, William Aiken, Jr. was one of the state's wealthiest citizens. Following a well-established tradition among Charleston's elite, Governor Aiken and his wife, Harriet Lowndes Aiken, traveled in Europe and returned with magnificent fine art and furnishings. Today, visitors will find many of these objects in the same rooms for which they were purchased.

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Phone: (843) 723-1159
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  • Business Category: Historic Churches & Museums