The Edmondston-Alston House
Built for shipping merchant Charles Edmondston c.1825, this house on Charleston's High Battery was acquired in 1838 by Charles Alston, owner of three rice plantations on the fertile Waccamaw Neck. It is an outstanding example of a planter's town house, where the Alstons enjoyed the social season and summer breezes of the city, avoiding the malarial rice plantations. Since it has never passed out of the family's ownership, it is richly appointed with original furniture, tablewear, and even Charles Alston's library and gun. The second-story piazza affords a breathtaking view of Charleston Harbor. Guided tours are conducted by the expert staff of Middleton Place Foundation.