Top 5 Historic Homes in Charleston


Admire the timeless elegance of historic homes in the heart of downtown Charleston.


A few notable people have passed through Charleston in the more than 400 years since its settlement. Tour the homes these figures left behind and take a step where they stood to get a glimpse into their stories.

Aiken-Rhett House | 48 Elizabeth St. 

This urban complex is the most preserved antebellum home in Charleston. The house is displayed “as-found” condition including furniture, architecture, and finishes that have not been altered since the 19th Century.

Heyward-Washington House | 87 Church St.

House of one of the four signers from South Carolina that signed the Declaration of Independence, this property has a collection of historic Charleston-made furniture as well the public kitchen building dating back to the 1740’s.

Nathaniel Russel House | 51 Meeting St. 

Built by wealthy shipping merchant Nathaniel Russell in 1808, this house is known for its free-flying three-story staircase and formal gardens.


The Calhoun Mansion | 16 Meeting St. 

Built-in 1879 for George W. William is one of the largest historic homes located in Downtown Charleston. With 24,000 square feet with 30 mains rooms and a ballroom with a 45-foot high ceiling.

Joseph Manigault House | 350 Meeting St. 

This home is a three-story brick structure built for wealthy rice planters and merchant's families during the 18th Century on a raised brick foundation.

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