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Thanks to its vantage point across Charleston Harbor, the Edmondston-Alston House is one of the most popular historic homes open to the public in the city. Named for its builder and the rice planter who purchased it from him just a decade later, the mansion is a prime example of the Greek Revival architecture style popular in the early 19th century, including Corinthian columns and a rooftop piazza. The home was at the center of key Civil War events—Confederate General P.T. Beauregard observed the April 1861 siege on Fort Sumter from the rooftop, and General Robert E. Lee took refuge there on the night of the Charleston fire of December 1861. The house is still owned by the Alston family, and the interior looks much as it did 150 years ago.
By Stratton Lawrence, AFAR Local Expert
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Merchant Charles Edmondston built the house in the early 18th century, and eventually sold his property off to Charles Alston and his family, who still have ownership of the home today. Visitors can go to the house and learn about its history and study the Greek Revival interiors.
By Nicoletta Richardson, AFAR Staff
21 E Battery, Charleston, SC 29401, United States
Sun, Mon 1pm - 4:30pm
Tue - Sat 10am - 4:30pm