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Rose Hill Mansion

199 Rose Hill Way, Bluffton, SC 29910
+1 843-757-6046
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The historic Rose Hill Mansion, known as the most beautiful plantation house in the Low Country, has long held a treasured place in Southern history. Originally built in the late 1850s by planter and physician, Dr. John Kirk and his wife Caroline, the plantation was a wedding present from Caroline's father, James Kirk. Work was halted by the Civil War, and while occupied through the years, the interior was not completed until 1946, when new owners John and Betsy Gould Sturgeon finished it in grand style. In 1980, the Welton family purchased the land and the house was later listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 1987, a fire devastated the house & it sat in a state of ruin until purchased and restored by The Middleton White Foundation. After a decade long restoration, the home is now shared with the public each day, via guided history tours.
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199 Rose Hill Way, Bluffton, SC 29910
+1 843-757-6046
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The house was rebuilt to resemble the original. The home is beautiful. The remaining grounds are pretty (unfortunately the home is now in a housing plan). The house has interesting items from the Civil War. I really enjoyed the information about the Kirk family and...More

1  Thank 123Beamer
Reviewed 6 days ago

Ms. Kim was a great guide. Loved her story telling. Loved the plantation and the history. It was amazing to meet thr owner also

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Thank Anna H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very historical, interesting tour. the home is lovely, the tour guide very informative. It survived the Civil War because it looks like a church, so the Union used it to treat the wounded. Afterwards, we had snacks & refreshments that were included....More

Thank Marcia S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time, and learned a great deal about the history of the mansion and the area. Wonderful baked goods as a treat after the tour.

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Thank Hugh A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

$25 per person may cause a person to say no to this historical site. We considered it to be a partial donation to the owners efforts to maintain and share the property.

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1  Thank Luanne47
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unbelievable history, gorgeous surroundings, excellent food samples. Enjoyed speaking with "the ladies" and Pat is an excellent cook!

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Thank strobldc12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful home and Joan was a great tour guide. It was very nice that the owner Robin joined us at the end of the tour. She kept saying "stay as long as you like". She answered a lot of our questions. It is wonderful that...More

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Thank Dig1fitz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The docent, Joan, was excellent and knowledgeable. Full of facts and very funny. Had personal ancedotes about the owners.

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Thank Linda N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an amazing visit. Where else can you meet and talk to the actual owners of the mansion - my wife & I felt like we were visiting friends. We have toured many historic houses and without a doubt, this was the BEST. a...More

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1  Thank gyust1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful and fascinating house with a rich and interesting history! I'm not even a history buff but I got reeled in by the hospitality and knowledge of our docent--and by the delicious treats Ms. Pat cooked up for us at the end!...More

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