Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth ST
Charleston, SC 29403


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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48 Elizabeth ST
Charleston, SC 29403

Phone: 843-723-1159
Fax: 843-805-6732


  • Civil War
  • Admission : Adults $10; ages 6 - 16 $5; children age 5 and younger 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
  • Checks Accepted
  • Visa/Master Card
  • American Express Card
  • Discover Card
  • Discounts : $2 off for members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation