"Come quickly, have found heaven.” –Artist Alfred Hutty in a wire to his wife upon discovering Charleston
There are large window and door openings for good air flow circulation to act as a type of air-conditioner. The house's outbuildings originally contained the kitchen and servants' quarters. The back part of the property originally was the horse stables and facilities for carriages. Horse stables have been converted into Carriage Houses.
Charles Alston, a successful Lowcountry rice planter and rice producer, bought the property in 1838. Edmondston had to sell the property through bankruptcy receivers because of the Panic of 1837 that caused economic setbacks for Edmondston. Alston immediately remodeled the house in the Greek Revival style and added a third story. The Alstons received their business visitors on the first floor, while their social functions took place on the second floor. Alston placed his family coat-of-arms on the parapet on the east front. This feature of a coat-of-arms being placed on a parapet on top of a house is the only known example in Charleston.
"Charleston presents a careful veneer of half-truths and outright fabrications, and it lets you, the intended conquest, fill in many of the blanks. Seduction, after all, is not true love, nor is it a gentle act. She whispers stories spun from sugar about pirates and patriots and rebels, about plantations and traditions and manners and yes, even ghosts; but the entire time she is guarded about the real story. Few tourists ever hear the truth, because at the dark heart of Charleston is a winding tale of violence, tragedy and, most of all, sin.”⎯James Caskey, Charleston's Ghosts: Hauntings in the Holy City
“I’m going back to dignity and grace. I’m going back to Charleston, where I belong.” -Rhett Butler
"I am stimulated by every slow-motion second of old Charleston that makes her eternal in my mind..." ⎯Charles Pearson
NOTSO HOSTEL PROPERTy
In back of Notso Hostel Main House, and part of the hostel, is the cutest little Blue House divided into a duplex with a kitchen, living area and bath separating 2 shared rooms like Cuba Room, Kenya Room and Brazil...$61 for private room. $28 shared...But who stays in a room other than to sleep in Charleston when there is so much see and do on the town...