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Walk the Halls of a Historic Property When You Tour the Aiken-Rhett House

Looking for an educational way to entertain your family? Check out Family Tours at The Aiken-Rhett House this Thursday! On August 1st, families are invited to the historic home for a family-focused tour and activities.

Built in 1820 by merchant John Robinson, the Aiken-Rhett House is nationally significant as one of the best-preserved townhouse complexes in the nation. Vastly expanded by Governor and Mrs. William Aiken, Jr. in the 1830s and again in the 1850s, the house and its outbuildings include a kitchen, the original slave quarters, carriage block and back lot.

The house and its surviving furnishings offer a compelling portrait of urban life in antebellum Charleston, as well as a Southern politician, slaveholder, and industrialist. The house spent 142 years in the Aiken family's hands before being sold to the Charleston Museum and opened as a museum house in 1975.

When the Foundation assumed ownership in 1995, we adopted a preserved-as-found preservation approach, meaning the structure and contents are left in an “as-found” state, including furniture, architecture, and finishes that have not been altered since the mid-19th century. The only restored room in the house, the art gallery, showcases paintings and sculptures the Aiken family acquired on their European Grand Tour.

Transport your family back in time with a special family-focused tour of The Aiken-Rhett House! Docent-led family tours start on the half-hour between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and will be followed by time for play with historic games and toys. Tickets are $5-$12. For more information, visit www.historiccharleston.org/museums.

The team at Parks at Nexton Apartments in Summerville, South Carolina encourages our residents to venture outside of our apartment community and explore all that the city has to offer. If you are hoping to witness new sights and experiences, be sure to check out this phenomenal local event!

Event Time/Date:
Thursday, August 1, 2019—10:30 AM

Event Venue Location:
The Aiken-Rhett House
48 Elizabeth Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29403

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