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“Rose Hill a working, caring plantation.”
Review of Rose Hill Mansion

Rose Hill Mansion
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Rose Hill Mansion Tour in Bluffton SC
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Bluffton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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. Reservations are required for all tours.
Reviewed September 13, 2016

On our visit to Rose Hill Mansion we learned about the owner, and his care for his slaves, whom he cared for as family. This gave me a different not often publicized view of some slave owners. The local history of Bluffton and the beginning of the Civil war are very intwined.

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank Wayne B
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Reviewed September 8, 2016

Our tour guide Kim Poovey was very knowledgeable about the history. We appreciate the owners love for their home. The luncheon following the tour was unexpected but very tasty!

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed September 2, 2016

This was a very interesting tour. A very beautiful grounds and knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. The history of the mansion was fascinating. If you are looking for history and Southern plantation beauty, this is for you!!

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed September 2, 2016

The owners of this plantation graciously open their doors to expose all of us to the past. This home is lovely, filled with antiques and period pieces. The tour guide was very informative and educated us not just on the home but on the area as well. It is set up in such a way as to be able to sit on the furniture, touch some of the pieces.
The staff were very friendly and open to questions. At the ed of the tour, they had prepared refreshments. The mac and cheese beet Kraft Miss Pat!

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank AztecJoe
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Reviewed September 1, 2016

Wonderful docent Joann and Miss Pattys snacks wonderful. Well preserved and lovingly restored. Thank you!

Date of experience: August 2016
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