Charleston is filled with some pretty incredible historic homes, many of which are open to the public as house museums. Over the next few months, we’ll highlight one of these homes with information on how to take a tour and some of our favorite historical tidbits.
No trip along the Charleston Battery is complete without a visit to the Edmondston-Alston House at 21 E. Battery. The grand piazza provides incredible views of the Charleston harbor and the inside of the mansion is filled with 19th-century furniture, paintings, silver and books that belonged to the Alston family.
Despite being a front-row witness to the Civil War, the Earthquake of 1886 and many hurricanes, the house and historic family belonging have remained virtually unchanged for 150 years.
The house – an example of Federal and Greek revival design – was constructed in 1825 and enhanced in 1838. Gen. P. T. Beauregard watched the bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, launching the Civil War. Later that year, Gen. Robert E. Lee stayed at the house when a fire threatened his safety in a Charleston hotel.
Guided tours are available 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Combination tours with Middleton Place are also available.
For a more intimate experience on the Charleston Battery, stay at 21 East Battery Bed & Breakfast, next to the Edmondston-Alston House. Guests can stay in either the Carriage House or Private Quarters, each with private entrances, breakfast and tickets for a tour of the Edmondston-Alston House Tour.