One of Charleston's most stately mansions, built in 1820 and virtually unaltered since 1858, has been preserved rather than restored, meaning visitors can see its original wallpaper, paint, and some furnishings. Two of the former owners, Governor Aiken and his wife, Harriet—lovers of all things foreign and beautiful—bought many of the chandeliers, sculptures, and paintings in Europe. The carriage house remains out back, along with a building that contained the kitchen, laundry, and slave quarters, making this the most intact property to showcase urban life in antebellum Charleston. Take the audio tour, as it vividly describes both the ornate family rooms and the slave quarters, giving historical and family details throughout.
Mar 31, 2009
One of the most interesting of the houses to tour in this city. Unlike the rest, the house is not restored inside and still has its original out-buildings. Despite this, there's a wealth of architectural detail inside and interesting, if faded, family furnishings. There are some period art reproductions inside its old art gallery. A must for this kind of attraction.