Nathaniel Russell House1080 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: 51 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401, United States, 29401
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-8437248481
- Fax: +1-8435772067
- Ticket Price: 18 USD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Landmark, Family And Kids, Architecture , Fountain, Heritage Building, Social, Arts, Museums
This is one of the oldest houses of the city that was the residence of a Rhode Island merchant named Nathaniel Russell and his wife. They sold off the house to the Pelzer family who further sold it to the State in the earliest part of the 20th century. This house now serves as the location of quite a few important state offices as well as a public museum opened for regular tours.
The house is an Adamesque building of the Charleston origin and is completely built in a Neo classical design of architecture. The lovely outer walls say a lot about the even more beautiful interiors. The variations in the interior designs will leave you spellbound completely. The first floor is rectangular in shape and the second is oval while the third floor has perfect square dimensions. In spite of such variations inside the exterior does not show anything. Apart from this the blue color of the living room looks amazing, the second floor has a lovely drawing room where all the ladies of the house used to gather after dinner and the top floor has a withdrawal room.
The outside of the building has a green lawn with a fountain and bench also for rest. The most remarkable part of the house though is the spiral staircase and the hanging balcony. The whole mansion is kept very well maintained and also declared as a National Heritage Property. The house has also been awarded the “Best Landmark of the City”.
Nathaniel Russell House Travel Tips
- The additional attractions are the old photographs that have been hanging on the walls since the 19th century.
- $10 (6-2 years)
- Free (below 6 years)
How to Reach Nathaniel Russell House
- Bus numbers 201, 211 till Meeting Street
- Poogan’s Porch
- TBonz gill & Grill
- A.W. Shuck’s seafood Restaurant
- Lowcountry Bistro
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66.63% of people who visit Charleston include Nathaniel Russell House in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
44.71% of people start their Nathaniel Russell House visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Nathaniel Russell House
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Nathaniel Russell House Reviews & Ratings
I didn't take photos inside... I was unsure if it was alright. We stumbled on this treasure because the garden was so inviting. It's an inexpensive way to spend 45 minutes. We did the audio tour. They provide you with iPads. The tour is detailed and sensitive to the plight of the enslaved people who served the families in this home. Despite it's history, it's architecturally beautiful. The spiraled staircase, moulding, and exquisite renovations took my breath away. The docents were kind and helpful.
We had a blast here and loved the audio walk along. Price was 12 a person and totally worth it. If you aren't into history, then you may be bored. Like my 7 year old, I wouldn't have been there as long if he was there. My girls would have enjoyed it. But they are older. A lot of extra stories on the audio too.
The Nathaniel Russell House on Meeting Street in Charleston is a beautiful historic house and garden area. The architecture of the house and the preservation of the house is great. When given the opportunity to take a tour of the property the docents are very knowledgeable and able to answer all of the questions that you have. This house is a memorable experience.
We did the self-guided audio tour, because we arrived at the wrong time for a real person. I think that would have been better. Also, the slave quarters were still being restored, and not open for view. That would have been more interesting. I've seen plenty of wealthy people's homes.
Randi was the guide. Very knowledgeable, and did a fantastic job covering a lot of aspects in order to shed light on that time. From the alterations of the house to the enslaved. Highly recommended!