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The Art & Science of Preservation: Exclusive Tour of the Aiken-Rhett House

May 27, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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The Aiken-Rhett House Museum has a preservation style different than other Historic Houses on the Charleston peninsula. The Aiken-Rhett House’s preservation style is “preserved-as-found”, and has resulted in a hauntingly beautiful time capsule at 48 Elizabeth Street.

Historic Charleston Foundation invites you to tour the Aiken-Rhett House with the Foundation’s Properties Manager, Justin Schwebler, for a behind-the-scenes, MORE in-depth tour of the preservation projects and efforts at this preserved-as-found house museum. This tour will show how the house‚Äôs conditions are monitored, how preservation methods are performed, and what it means to maintain a preserved-as-found house. (Hint: it is not putting down mothballs and walking away!). Guests will also have an opportunity to tour spaces normally closed off to the public. While some historical interpretation of the house will be included, it will not be the main focus of this specific tour.

Additionally, your ticket to this tour includes general admission to enjoy the audio tour afterwards so you can hear more about the broader history of the house, and explore the property on your own.

This tour begins before the house museum opens to the public so guests have an intimate time to explore the 1820s historic structure. Light morning refreshments will also be included. Tickets required and limited.