Historic homes in Charleston, SC

Edmondston-Alston House | Photo by @mrs.alirose

Looking to learn more about the history of the Holy City? Get the lowdown on a few historic homes to look out for during your next stroll through Charleston.

Aiken-Rhett House, 48 Elizabeth St.

As one of the best-preserved townhouse complexes in the nation, the Aiken-Rhett house has remained virtually untouched since the 1850s. The original architecture provides visitors with a glimpse into the lives of the enslaved people who lived on-site + Governor and Mrs. William Aiken, Jr. who resided here.

Stop in daily between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a self-guided tour + download the Historic Charleston Foundation’s free app for a walking guide of over 300 must-see spots in Charleston.

Edmondston-Alston House, 21 E. Battery St.

Settled alongside the Charleston Harbor, the Edmondston-Alston House has survived hurricanes, the American Civil War, and the 1886 Charleston earthquake — showcasing the lives of the free and enslaved people who lived on this Lowcountry property 200 years ago.

Drayton Hall, 3380 Ashley River Rd.

Stop by Drayton Hall to experience seven generations of Lowcountry history. Open Wednesday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests are encouraged to stroll the grounds, view Drayton Hall’s collection of archeological finds + take a candlelight tour.

Joseph Manigault House, 350 Meeting St.

Preserved by the Charleston Museum, the Joseph Manigault House immerses visitors in its history dating back to 1803. Glimpse into the lifestyle of one Charleston family and uncover the history of the enslaved who lived + worked here. Grab tickets to check out the central hall, historical outbuildings, or traditional furniture.