Edmondston-Alston House Museum


Edmondston-Alston House Museum

Eighteen. Edmondston-Alston House Museum

21 East Battery (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 722-7171

Tuesday - Saturday 10:00a - 4:30p
Sunday & Monday 1:00p - 4:30p

The Edmondston-Alston House was built between 1820 and 1828. The house originally was built in the English Regency style architecture. The three-story house has a panoramic view of the Charleson harbor and High Battery. The house is constructed of brick and stucco faced. The property is mostly surronded by a wrought-iron fence which is built on top of a three foot brick wall. The house has an open floor plan of two large rooms on each floor with smaller adjacent areas. The second story has fourteen foot ceilings. There are large window and door openings for good air flow circulation.

In 1837 Edmondston was forced to sell his house due to economic reversals during the panic of 1837. The house was purchsed by Charles Alston, a member of a well-established rice-planting dynasty. Charles Alson updated the crchitecture of his house in the Greek Revival style. A third story piazza with Corinthian columns and a cast-iron balcony across the front was added plus a rooftop railing bearing the Alston coast of Arms was added.

The house has remained in the Alston family since 1838.