Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk along the halls of a historic antebellum mansion? Renowned for its unique history and charm, Charleston is home to some of the most beautiful old homes in the South. From national landmarks to private estates overlooking the Battery, the following are some of the best Charleston home tours to add to your bucket list! For even more recommendations about things to see and do in the Holy City, be sure to request access to our complimentary Destination Guide.
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Top 5 Charleston Home Tours in 2019
1. Aiken-Rhett House
Once home to Governor and Mrs. William Aiken, Jr., the Aiken-Rhett house offers a glimpse into the lives of one of South Carolina’s most powerful families. The house was built in 1820, and to this day, it is considered one of the best-preserved townhouse complexes in the country! Self-guided audio tours operate daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. On the tour, you can expect to see incredible architecture, original furnishings, the slave quarters, and so much more. Situated in the heart of downtown, this one is a must-see!
2. Heyward-Washington House
Also known as Charleston’s “Revolutionary War House,” you’ll feel as if you’ve time-traveled to a previous era when you step inside this beautiful Georgian-style brick townhouse. Built in 1772, the home once belonged to Thomas Heyward, Jr., one of four South Carolina signers of the Declaration of Independence. The residence also hosted President George Washington during his week-long stay in Charleston in May of 1791. In 1930, the Heyward-Washington House officially opened as the city’s first historic house museum. Tours run Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.
3. Nathaniel Russell House
When it comes to Charleston mansion tours, few can compare to the grandeur of the Nathaniel Russell House! To put it simply, this neoclassical mansion is an architectural masterpiece. Inside, you’ll find elaborate architecture, 18th-century fine art, intricate interiors, and a sweeping three-story grand staircase. Built in 1808, the Nathaniel Russell House cost approximately $80,000 to build. In comparison, the average value of a home during that time period was just $262! Self-guided tours run daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and docent-led tours begin at 10 a.m.
4. Joseph Manigault House
If you’re looking for the best historical home tour in Charleston, SC, the Joseph Manigault House should be at the top of your list! The 1803 structure, which originally housed a family of wealthy rice planters and enslaved African Americans, is now considered one of the most impressive antebellum mansions in Charleston. The house and property feature a beautiful spiral staircase, an array of 19th-century furniture, outbuildings and slave quarters, formal gardens, stables, and more. Admire the incredible architecture while you learn about the lives of Charleston’s renowned Manigault, Middleton, and Drayton families. Tours run Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.
5. Tour a Private Residence
No matter the season, you can enjoy Charleston home tours year-round! Recognized by the Southeastern Tourism Society as a “Top 20 Event,” the Charleston Home and Garden Tour is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Each spring, visitors are offered the rare chance to view some of the most beautiful privately-owned residences in the Old and Historic Districts.
If you are planning a trip in the fall, make sure to mark your calendar for the Charleston Fall Tour of Homes. On various days in October, locals once again open up their doors to the public for an enchanting Charleston candlelight tour of homes. Are you visiting during Christmas Time? There’s nothing quite as magical as seeing all of the antebellum homes decked out for the holidays.
Experience Lowcountry Living at Its Finest
After an exciting day of touring the South’s most beautiful houses, come relax and unwind at Andell Inn. With luxurious accommodations, artistic decor, and world-class amenities, our boutique hotel is known as one of the top lodging options in the Charleston area. All of the best home tours, restaurants, spas, art galleries, and shops are just minutes away!
For a truly memorable getaway, we recommend booking a stay in our Presidential Suite. With a spacious open floor plan, King-sized bed, and stunning water view, this private suite has it all. During your stay, you can expect to start off each morning with a delicious breakfast to send you on your way. Then, be sure to check out the incredible artwork in the Great Room and the many galleries located throughout the inn. Are you ready to enjoy all that our beautiful city has to offer? Check our availability and book your stay today. We can’t wait to hear about your favorite Charleston home tours!