The Aiken-Rhett House was built in the 1820s. Touring the house and its grounds isn't the typical historic home experience: for the most part, the house has been preserved rather than restored, which means the property shows many signs of wear and tear. The Aiken-Rhett House is unique among downtown properties in that the whole grounds are preserved, including the former slave quarters and work yard.
In recent years, the house undertook a renovation of its art gallery, restoring it to its 1850s glory as depicted here. That brilliant aqua shade is true to the room's original decor, as determined by a paint archeologist!