Historic Home Tours


GOVERNOR THOMAS BENNETT HOUSE, circa 1825, 69 Barre Street in Charleston SC

Architecturally significant with particular interest of the free-flying staircase, The Governor Thomas Bennett House is also available for corporate events, private parties, receptions, wedding ceremonies, and rehearsal dinners.

For information, please contact Linda McCormick, Coordinator for the Governor Bennett House: telephone: (843) 789-1780 fax (843) 720-1221 or via email address linda.mccormick@rsfh.com.  phone 843.720.1219

843.478.6287                                                                                                  info@classiccharlestonhomes.com

CHARLESTON MUSEUM - 360 Meeting Street

America’s first museum showcases a variety of cultural and natural history artifacts that tell the story of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Artifacts from ancient fossils to an enormous whale skeleton, costumes, and Charleston silver. Special Exhibit - Aisle Style: 150 Years of Wedding Fashion.  Monday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5.

Phone - 722-2996


DRAYTON HALL - 3380 Ashley River Road

Named “the most important intact historic structure in British North America” Drayton Hall, c. 1738, is an exceptionally well-preserved and historically accurate southern plantation house and is thought to be the first Palladian building in America. Professionally guided tours highlight exquisite architectural details throughout the house and introduce visitors to the families—both white and black—who lived and worked here for over seven generations. Open daily 8:30-5:30. Nine miles from downtown Charleston.

Phone - 843-769-2600



“Charleston’s Revolutionary War House” Built in 1772, The Heyward-Washington House was the town-home of Thomas Heyward, Jr., Revolutionary patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence. It was also George Washington’s temporary residence during his Southern Tour of 1791. Furnished with magnificent Charleston-made furniture, the collection includes the priceless Holmes Bookcase, considered to be the finest example of American-made furniture in existence today. The exquisite formal garden is comprised of plants available to Charlestonians during that period. Located in the original walled portion of the city, the neighborhood was used by Dubose Heyward as the setting for Porgy and Bess. $10/adult, $5/children 3-12, under 3 free; combination tickets available. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5.

Phone - 722-2996



“Charleston’s Huguenot House” The Joseph Manigault House, built in 1803, is a premier example of Adam-style, or Federal architecture. Designed by gentleman architect Gabriel Manigault for his brother Joseph, the house is one of the most distinguished in the city, capturing the lifestyle of a wealthy, rice-planting family. The interior reflects an outstanding collection of American, English and French furnishings of the period. A charming Gate Temple is the focus of the period Garden. $10/adult, $5/children 3-12, under 3 free; combination tickets available. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5.

Phone - 722-2996


Renovated in 1995, this home originally built in 1809 in the neoclassical style, is surrounded by formal gardens.  Nathaniel Russell was born in Bristol, Rhode Island. He settled in Charleston at the age of 27 in 1765.  While most of his profits came from the exportation of staples, such as Carolina Gold rice, indigo, tobacco and cotton, Russell handled a broad range of imported goods. He also participated in the African slave trade both before and after the American Revolution. “At the Nathaniel Russell House, visitors learn about the Russell family, as well as the enslaved African Americans who were responsible for maintaining one of the nation’s grandest antebellum townhouses and the relationship of these enslaved domestic servants and the Russell family. An exhibition in the original kitchen house highlights artifacts uncovered during archaeological investigations at the site—pottery sherds, beads, and part of a slave tag.”

AIKEN-RHETT HOUSE    48 Elizabeth Street

The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, c. 1820, is unique in many ways as it remained in the hands of family descendents for 142 years until it was sold to The Charleston Museum. The Historic Charleston Foundation purchased the house in 1995 and adopted a conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings.  When Robinson lost five ships at sea in 1825, he was forced to sell the house to meet his financial obligations. Subsequently, it became the property of William Aiken Sr. in 1827.