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Nathaniel Russell House Museum

  • 51 Meeting St. Map It
  • South of Broad
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  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 10/03/2014

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One of the nation's finest examples of Federal-style architecture, the Nathaniel Russell House was built in 1808 and is restored to a 19th-century aesthetic. Its grand beauty is proof of the immense wealth Russell accumulated as one of the city's leading merchants. In addition to the famous "free-flying" staircase that spirals up three stories with no visible support, the ornate interior is distinguished by Charleston-made furniture as well as paintings and works on paper

by well-known American and European artists, including Henry Benbridge, Samuel F. B. Morse, and George Romney. The extensive formal garden is worth a leisurely stroll.

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51 Meeting St., Charleston, South Carolina, 29401, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $10; $16 with admission to Aiken-Rhett House Museum
  • Mon.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. 2–5

Updated 10/03/2014


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Mar 31, 2009

Fine house and tour

One of the best houses and house tours in the city. Beautiful, ornate home with plenty of nice personal effects. Large and very attractive garden. Tour was very enjoyable and knowledgeable. A must.

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