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Nathaniel Russell House Museum Charleston, SC

Downtown Charleston is full of a very unique history. Charleston is the home to many national monuments that describe the history of the area, the battles fought nearby and the way of life in the south over the years. One of the best places to visit for you history buffs is the Nathaniel Russell House Museum. The Nathaniel Russell House Museum in Charleston, SC is widely recognized as one of America’s most important neoclassical dwellings, which makes it a must see if visiting the Isle of Palms area.

About the House

Nathaniel Russell was born in Bristol, Rhode Island. He settled in Charleston at the age of 27 in 1765, when Charleston was a bustling seaport. 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. In 1788, Russell married Sarah Hopton (1752-1832), daughter of one of Charleston’s wealthiest pre-Revolutionary era merchants. Two daughters were born to the Russells, Alicia in 1789 and Sarah in 1792. The house remained in the Russell family until 1857 when it was purchased by Governor R.F.W. Allston (1801-1864) and his wife, Adele Petigru (1810-1896). Later, after serving as a school for the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy from 1870-1905, the Russell House was converted back to a private residence. It remained so until 1955, when the Foundation purchased the site and opened the house for public tours.

Admission and Tours

The Nathaniel Russell House Museum is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 2 pm to 5 pm. Tickets to the House and Museum are $12 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 16, and free for children under 6 years old. Visitors who are interested in visiting the Nathaniel Russell and the Aiken-Rhett House Museums can save $6 on adult tickets by purchasing a combination ticket. Tickets are redeemable for six months from purchase date and do not need to be used on the same day. Consider visiting both museums in Charleston, SC to experience the unique and different preservation methods at work in each museum.

Visitors can participate in tours of the house throughout the day. The tours leave very frequently and offer guests an inside view of the history of the house. Make sure that you get there early, the last tour leaves at 4:30 even though the house is open until 5.

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(Image by DDima (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)