The house was built in the late Federal style by Scottish shipping merchant Charles Edmondston at the height of his commercial success. During the Panic of 1837 Edmondston was forced to sell his house. It was purchased by Charles Alston, a member of a well-established Low Country rice-planting dynasty who quickly set about updating the architecture of his house in the Greek Revival style.
The house has remained in the Alston family since 1838. Despite the ravages of the Civil War, the Earthquake of 1886 and numerous hurricanes, the Alston family pieces remain in place much as they have for over 150 years.
Come join us for a 30 minute tour of the home's public rooms and piazza with a special focus on its Federal and Greek revival design and the vast collection of family silver, decorative arts and furniture.
Guided tours are offered:
*Hours are subject to change. In-depth tours are also available by appointment only.
Guests of 21 East Battery Bed and Breakfast also enjoy a complimentary tour of the Edmondston-Alston House museum.
The house museum is managed by the Middleton Place Foundation, a not-for-profit educational trust.
21 East Battery
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 722-7171
Edmondston-Alston House Website : www.edmondstonalston.com