Of several Charleston historic homes open to the public, the Aiken-Rhett House is the most interesting. Built in 1818, it was once owned by 19th century South Carolina governor William Aiken Jr., one of the richest men in the state. Aiken furnished the house with opulent furniture and tapestries from his trips overseas, many of which remain in the house today. Visitors can tour the fully furnished rooms, marveling at carved French chairs and ornate crystal chandeliers. Aiken was one of South Carolina's biggest slave owners, and one of the most fascinating (if disturbing) parts of the house tour is the former slave quarters.
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