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Of Charleston's many fine house museums, only the Edmondston-Alston House (constructed in 1825 and enhanced in 1838) commands a magnificent view of Charleston Harbor. From its piazza, General P. T. Beauregard watched the fierce bombardment of Ft. Sumter on April 12, 1861, signaling the start of the Civil War. And on December 11 of the same year, the house gave refuge to General Robert E. Lee the night a wide-spreading fire threatened his safety in a Charleston hotel. A 30 minute guided tour of the home’s public rooms and piazzas with a special focus on its Federal and Greek revival design and the vast collection of family silver, decorative arts and furniture. Guided tours are offered: Tuesday - Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Hours are subject to change. Private and In-Depth tours available by appointment. Call 843-722-7171.

  • Tues-Sat 11:30-4:00

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