Nathaniel Russell HouseCurrently Closed
- 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”.
- 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)
- Bus numbers 201, 211 till Meeting Street
- Poogan’s Porch
- TBonz gill & Grill
- A.W. Shuck’s seafood Restaurant
- Lowcountry Bistro
Love this? Explore the entire list of things to do in Charleston before you plan your trip.
Fancy a good night's sleep after a tiring day? Check out where to stay in Charleston and book an accommodation of your choice.
69.72% 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
69.23% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Nathaniel Russell House
We visited the home and had an excellent tour guide. She shared history of the home, it's owner, his family and business connections. Details were shared on furnishings and restoration. In the restoration, every detail mattered. They are researching the home to make it exactly like it was in 1808. We were extremelt pleased with the tour.
This is our favorite home we've toured so far! The guides were exceptionally personable and down to earth. They shared in great detail what had gone into restoring the home which is a process that continues to this day. The home is uncluttered such that you can enjoy the beautiful architectural uniqueness that it holds. The staircase is absolutely breathtaking! It was also fun to sit and enjoy the gardens.
Our tour guide had said this was the best mansion tour in town and to take the docent tour because it was better than the self guided audio tour that was new and still had some issues to work through. So we took his advice and the next day took the tour. Don't know if it was because of it being a weekend or the mid afternoon time of day, but we had about 20 in our group and it made it difficult to hear and see everything. The docent was good and the house is decorated nicely in period correct (but not original) furnishings. The spiral staircase is an interesting feature but you are not allowed to use it or go into the top floor of the house. Rounded interior doors are very unusual to fit in the circular rooms. If you enjoy 200 year old furniture and local family history just try to get in a small group for docent tour.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful historic restorations I've ever seen. It's a beautiful home, and the tour is great. Our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
One of the most beautiful homes in historic downtown Charleston. It is on tour daily and worth the time and the money to see what downtown Charleston was like in its heyday what was the richest city in the United States.