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“A Colorful Past”
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Rose Hill Mansion
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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. The Mansion is permanently closed until further notice.
Reviewed December 1, 2016

Expansive, well kept grounds greeted us as we pulled into the makeshift parking lot. Was glad to see it unpaved, retaining the inherent charm of this 'Grand Dame'. The Gothic exterior gable soared before us as we strolled to the front door. We were greeted by a self-confirmed yankee, who was delightfully knowledgeable about her history...both the good and not so good (namely her catching fire)...of this southern treasure! We were allowed by the gracious owners and residents to tour the lower level of this home and we're surprised and delighted to see many historical vestiges and artifacts adorning the several rooms. It would have been a special treat to visit the upstairs, but given the owner's residency, their request for privacy is completely understood and appreciated. Another topic, though an uncomfortable one...the house fire...provides another interesting page to this home's history. The restoration was done quite well and visually undetectable were it not for the shared story. Well worth the $25 entry fee!!

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

Ms. Jean Kirk (no relation to the former owners!) gave a simply sensational tour of this marvelous mansion and former plantation that is clearly a labor of love for her! While you only tour the bottom floors of the house (current owners actually live upstairs), she spent enough time in each room with the history and background of each, you almost felt like you lived there when you were done! Ask about the ghost stories!! Also, best tour I've ever been on as you can either get an online coupon for a glass of wine at the start of the tour or buy one as you go and then you get snacks at the end made by the kitchen staff with good old fashioned southern flavors and charm! You can also buy some to take home if you'd like. Furthermore, you're allowed to walk the grounds or sit by the reflecting pool to enjoy your snacks afterwards if you'd like! All in all, make an afternoon out of it and enjoy the outside as much as inside. However, tours are generally only offered weekdays by reservation and in the afternoon, so make sure you call ahead. Also, pay attention for the small sign on your left as you drive in the main entry road past the gate house (where you will have to show ID) to find the mansion entry, as it's easy to overlook and then get lost among the houses.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed November 28, 2016

We enjoyed our tour to of Rose Hill Plantation. It was wonderful to be greeted with glasses of wine and a very thorough understanding of the history of the plantation. The goodies at the end of the tour were incredible!

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed November 26, 2016

A very good tour guide, and interesting narrative about the house and it's contents.
Also, you get to sample delightful foods at the end of the tour.
Need to book online, for which you also then get a glass of wine on arrival

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed November 26, 2016

We decided to visit Rose Hill Mansion as it was on the way to Savannah from Charleston. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and it was really interesting to learn about the history of the house and how it came to its current glory. The rooms are decorated with very interesting historical artefacts and the local food / teas after the tour were delicious.

Date of experience: November 2016
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