The Edmondston-Alston House is open Monday 1:00 -4:00pm and Tuesday- Saturday 10:00am- 4:00pm.  Tickets for Christmas on the Battery are available here.

Charleston's Harborside House Museum

View from the Edmondston-Alston House

Constructed nearly 200 years ago, circa 1825, the Edmondston-Alston House presents a unique history of the people, both free and enslaved, who lived and labored on this property. Its collection of furniture, silver and decorative arts, largely original to those who owned the house, constitutes a rich, complex history of Charleston in the 19th century.

Commanding a magnificent view of Charleston Harbor, the Edmondston-Alston House has witnessed many historic moments in the port city’s history. One of the oldest houses along the High Battery, it withstood the American Civil War, the Earthquake of 1886, and numerous hurricanes; it has survived to share a piece of Charleston history.

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The interior of the Edmondston-Alston House
The library at the Edmondston-Alston House

Enjoy a Tour

Explore the house’s public rooms and piazzas, focusing on its Federal and Greek Revival design and its vast collection of family silver, decorative arts, and furniture.

Guided Tours are Offered:

Monday 1:00p.m to 4:00 p. m.

Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas

Hours are subject to change. Please call 843-722-7171 to confirm times.

Ticket Prices

Adult: $15
Student, Ages 14+ with Student ID: $10
Child, Ages 6-13: $5


Middleton Place & Edmondston-Alston House Combination tickets available. Click here for more info and to purchase.


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December 1, 2022
5:30pm - 8:00pm


Christmas on the Battery: Carols, Candlelight & Gullah Christmas Stories

Enjoy a special evening at the historic Edmondston-Alston House. Take a self guided tour of the festively decorated house by candlelight and hear the Charleston Caroling Company. Warm up in the courtyard with a glass of wine or hot cider where local storyteller, Fouché Sheppard...

December 2, 2022
5:30pm - 8:00pm


Christmas on the Battery: Carols, Candlelight & Gullah Christmas Stories

Enjoy a special evening at the historic Edmondston-Alston House. Take a self guided tour of the festively decorated house by candlelight and hear the Charleston Caroling Company. Warm up in the courtyard with a glass of wine or hot cider where local storyteller, Fouché Sheppard...

December 1, 2022
5:30pm - 8:00pm


Christmas on the Battery: Carols, Candlelight & Gullah Christmas Stories

Enjoy a special evening at the historic Edmondston-Alston House. Take a self guided tour of the festively decorated house by candlelight and hear the Charleston Caroling Company. Warm up in the courtyard with a glass of wine or hot cider where local storyteller, Fouché Sheppard, will perform Gullah Christmas stories.  

Tickets must be purchased online in advance. $50 |  Members: $45 (includes 2 drink tickets)

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What time should I arrive?
Please plan to arrive 15 minutes ahead of your selected time. Ticket times are approximate; please allow for flexibility.

How do the time blocks work?
Guests will be grouped in tours of 
15 in the order of arrival within each time block. Tours depart continuously throughout the event (e.g. guests selecting the 6:00 pm tour will depart on their tour in order of arrival/check-in between 6:00 and 6:30). 

What should I wear?
Dress in layers for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for walking and standing. Part of the event takes place outside in the brick courtyard; please dress accordingly.

Is there parking?

The Edmondston-Alston House is located on the Battery in downtown Charleston; there is no private parking. Street parking is first-come, first-served. The closest garage is the East Bay/Prioleau Street Garage, about ½ mile away.

 Is this event handicap accessible?
Due to the historic nature of the house, there is very limited handicap accessibility on the first floor only.

 

 

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December 2, 2022
5:30pm - 8:00pm


Christmas on the Battery: Carols, Candlelight & Gullah Christmas Stories

Enjoy a special evening at the historic Edmondston-Alston House. Take a self guided tour of the festively decorated house by candlelight and hear the Charleston Caroling Company. Warm up in the courtyard with a glass of wine or hot cider where local storyteller, Fouché Sheppard, will perform Gullah Christmas stories.  

Tickets must be purchased online in advance. $50 |  Members: $45 (includes 2 drink tickets)

 

Purchase Tickets Here>>>


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What time should I arrive?
Please plan to arrive 15 minutes ahead of your selected time. Ticket times are approximate; please allow for flexibility.

How do the time blocks work?
Guests will be grouped in tours of 
15 in the order of arrival within each time block. Tours depart continuously throughout the event (e.g. guests selecting the 6:00 pm tour will depart on their tour in order of arrival/check-in between 6:00 and 6:30). 

What should I wear?
Dress in layers for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for walking and standing. Part of the event takes place outside in the brick courtyard; please dress accordingly.

Is there parking?

The Edmondston-Alston House is located on the Battery in downtown Charleston; there is no private parking. Street parking is first-come, first-served. The closest garage is the East Bay/Prioleau Street Garage, about ½ mile away.

 Is this event handicap accessible?
Due to the historic nature of the house, there is very limited handicap accessibility on the first floor only.

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Details at the Edmondston-Alston House
Details at the Edmondston-Alston House
Details at the Edmondston-Alston House

More Tour Options


The Private Tour

Enjoy one-on-one interaction with an experienced guide. Available by appointment.

Private Events

Enjoy cocktails or dinner on the second-floor piazza with its unmatched view of the Charleston Harbor. Call for details.

Tour of the Charleston Battery

Pineapple Tour Group offers a 60-minute guided tour of Charleston’s Battery, that concludes with a tour of the Edmondston-Alston House. Learn about the history of the city as well as the extended Alston family. Visit the Pineapple Tour Group’s website for more information.

Tour options must be reserved in advance. Call 843-722-7171 for additional information.

Middleton Place & Edmondston‑Alston House Combination Ticket

Explore two historic icons for one great price. Admission includes a group tour of Edmondston-Alston House and general admission to Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark. Admission to Middleton Place includes access to 65 acres of landscaped gardens, the House Museum, a look at 18th and 19th century plantation life with costumed craftspeople and historic animal breeds in the Stableyards as well as complimentary guided walking tours.

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