The Edmondston-Alston House: Everything You Need to Know

The Edmondston-Alston House is among Charleston’s greatest historic treasures. Built in 1825 on the Battery overlooking the Charleston Harbor, this house-turned-museum is a magnificent attraction to walk through. Take a trip back in time with a tour of this antebellum-style home, and learn everything you need to know about the Edmondston-Alston House below!

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The History

Charles Edmondston was the original owner of the Edmondston-Alston House. He was a prosperous shipping merchant looking to build a home away from the bustling, fast-paced warehouses on the Upper Peninsula—and the Battery was the perfect place to do that. The Edmondston-Alston House was one of the first homes ever built on the Charleston Battery, and it was designed in the Federal Revival style.

The economy took a turn in 1837, causing Edmondston to sell his waterfront home to Charles Alston. Upon purchasing the house, Alston made significant updates to the structure so that it portrayed more of a Greek Revival style. The home has remained in the Alston family ever since, and they continued to create more additions to the home as time went on, such as the dramatic third-story piazza.

Fun Facts

Take a look at some interesting facts about the Edmundston-Alston House:

  • General P.G.T. Beauregard used the home as a vantage point to view the bombing of Fort Sumter, which signaled the start of the Civil War.
  • In the 1840s, business was conducted on the first floor, and the family lived on the second floor.
  • The home contains ceilings as high as fourteen feet.
  • In 1861, General Robert E. Lee stayed the night in the home during a city fire.
  • The house is also known as the Charles Edmondston House, the Alston House, and the Middleton-Smith House.

On the Tour

When you tour the Edmondston-Alston House, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the following:

  • The home’s public rooms and piazzas
  • An original print of the Ordinance of Succession
  • Family silver, portraits, tables, gas lights, mirrors, books, and interior woodwork that have been in place for 150 years
  • Views of the Charleston Harbor from the home’s large windows
  • A lesson on the home’s Federal and Greek Revival style

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If you enjoyed learning everything you need to know about the Edmondston-Alston House, consider booking a tour with Classic Carriage Works. There are countless historic sites to discover in our beautiful city, and you’ll get a chance to see so many of them on our horse-drawn carriage tours. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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