Nathaniel Russell House

Charleston, SC

Where are we going?

Nathaniel Russell House
51 Meeting St
SC 29401

843 724-8481

What is there to do?

A visit to Nathaniel Russell House is a chance to delve inside the lives of Charleston's merchant elite, where opulence, grandeur and splendor describe the works of art, the architecture, and the lifestyle of an elite 19th century family.

Are you ready to explore this fascinating part of Southern history?

Nathaniel Russell House is actually a National Historic Landmark, and was built over 5 years and completed in 1808 by Nathaniel Russel himself - a Charleston merchant

The average home at the time was valued at $262, and this house cost $80,000. You can see where it stood in society!

It's a beautiful house to explore, and those imaginations can run wild as you think about what life would have been like for those who lived there. The free-flying, three-story staircase is a focal point, and is an architectural marvel. The interiors all feature elaborate plasterwork ornamentation, and the geometrically shaped rooms are so fascinating.

There's an amazing collection of 18th century decorative and fine arts, that really speak to the wealth of the city's elite in the early days of the American Republic.

Nathaniel Russell House also had 18 enslaved Africans who lived on and maintained the property during the time the Russell family lived there, and really are an integral part of this historic townhouses' history.

Don't miss the exhibit in the original kitchen featuring archaeological artifacts, with educational panels and stories from the people that are vital to the history of this amazing historic Charleston home.

Why read the history books when you can visit history in person?

How much does it cost?

Adults: $12

Children: $5 (Ages 6 to 16)

Free Under: 5 years


Need a little extra help?

Give them a call to ask about accessibility if you have any questions!


When can we go?

Open 10am - 5pm daily (Last docent tour 4pm)

Open year round


Any top tips?

For your self-guided tour of the Nathaniel Russell House you can download the free app before your visit. Wi-Fi is available. Our free app includes a walking guide to Charleston with over 300 points of interest. Enjoy!

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