The Aiken-Rhett House was built in 1820. Formerly the governor’s mansion, this historical landmark has been preserved since 1858 and stayed within the family until 1975, so much of the grounds, furniture and original artwork are still intact. You can see the wear and tear that the house has endured over the years, including the effects of Hurricane Hugo in 1989. It’s also interesting to see parts of the house where electricity and plumbing were added without altering or damaging the original structure and design. Audio guides allow you to listen and walk through the grounds at your own pace, from the house’s main structure, including the parlor rooms, bedrooms and the art gallery, to the large piazzas and the Gothic Revival-style out buildings where the slaves lived. It’s a fascinating glimpse into American history and culture.
Photo credit: Anna Bauer, Wilson Kelsey Design Blog.