The home is owned and operated by the Middleton Place Foundation. The tour ties together the history of many Charleston families and this is highlighted throughout the home. Among the highlights of the home are the impressive view of the harbor from the second floor piazza, and displays of family antiques throughout. These include a display of silverwork from one of America's first female silversmiths, as well as rare books, lithographs and prints on display in the library. There is a second floor gallery of family portraits and photographs of the home throughout its history, including Hurricane Hugo flooding. Photography is not allowed inside the house.
I was not as impressed as I had hoped by the Edmondston-Alston house. It is one of the most famous homes on the Battery, connected to the Middleton family. The exterior of the home is imposing and palatial and the interior truly feels like a museum. I felt rushed through the home by the docent. I did not get a welcoming feeling from her: she was very stuffy and rehearsed. I am glad that the visit was included in the Historic Homes Walk, as I would probably not pay to visit the home separately.