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“History tour”
Review of Rose Hill Mansion

Rose Hill Mansion
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$25.00*
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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 October 25, 2016 via mobile

The History Tour of the beautiful grounds and interior of the 10,000 sq. foot mansion was a delightful way to spend an afternoon! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the artifacts, furnishings and decor provided a vivid picture of the last 200 years of life in the low country! The live oak trees surrounding the house have stood the test of time for the last 200 to 430 years! At the the conclusion of the tour, a wide selection of homemade delicacies for our dining pleasure were provided! This is a wonderful tour which is well worth the cost!

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Sidney M
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Reviewed October 25, 2016

Upon entering the property, you are stunned by it's beauty....it takes you back to a different time. You are greeted by a knowledgeable Host giving you all the details of the history of this amazing Plantation. We were offered to purchase a glass of wine and permitted to tour the 1st floor with it in hand. Afterwards, were treated to tasty bites. If you are as lucky as we were, you will have the pleasure of meeting the VERY GRACIOUS present Home Owners....This visit is a "Must Do" Event!

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed October 24, 2016

We enjoyed our tour of Rose Hill Mansion. What a beautiful home and grounds! The tour is interesting and the history of the mansion and plantation was moving. The wine and snacks were delicious! Thank you for opening your home to us!

Date of experience: October 2016
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Thank Amy M
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Reviewed October 21, 2016

A perfect day with the weather and a wonderful tour of the house and grounds. The curator was very knowledgeable. There was no rush, and the group was encouraged to sit on the furniture. Most of all they were gracious in allowing photographs, and served the group homemade treats and beverages after the tour. It is very obvious the owners are sensitive about the house history and of all owners who came before them. They had the vision for bringing the house back to life. Kudos

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed October 18, 2016

A little history, add some unique architecture and delicious snacks and you have a very enjoyable and informative afternoon. Rose Hill is a must for every visitor to the Hilton Head area. Only takes about 2 hours and is so well worth it.

Date of experience: September 2016
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