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Rose Hill Mansion
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Rose Hill Mansion Tour in Bluffton SC
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Bluffton
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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 December 27, 2016

This is a lovely spot. More of a museum than a house tour. Filled with lovely antiques from all over. They also offer their own line of condiments that are delicious

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed December 21, 2016 via mobile

Staying in Hilton Head we decided to head to Bluffton, SC to tour the Rose Hill Plantation. Our guide, Joan was outstanding! She was a wealth of information on the history of the home, owners, and furnishings and artifacts of this home. We went away with a much better appreciate of the low country. The tour ended with samplings of jams, bread and the best sweet potato pie ever. We had to purchase one. A great afternoon on a beautiful December day. Highly recommend this tour.

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed December 16, 2016

This was an interesting tour of a gothic style plantation home. Unfortunately much of the original home was burned down in a fire several years ago but the current owners did a good job of restoring the house mostly true to its original time period. The current owners have a really great collection of historical pieces and artifacts, although not all of the pieces coincide with the time period of the house. More information about the time period and specific details about key pieces in the home from the tour guide would be helpful but overall it was an interesting tour. Be sure to make reservations as this is a private residence and only available to tour at set times.

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed December 14, 2016

We enjoyed the tour of the Mansion and the historical perspective provided by Kim Poovey, dressed in a lovely turn of the century gown. Kim brought Rose Hill Mansion to life through her wonderful stories, We had the pleasure of meeting the current owners and let them know how much we appreciate their sharing their lovely home with us for a short period of time. As a wonderful end to the tour, we were treated to delectable and delicious snacks and desserts after which we had an opportunity to leisurely browse the gift shop which was brimming with lovely treasures. I highly recommend this tour to everyone. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

Sandi R.

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed December 13, 2016

This tour is absolutely amazing!. As you enter the mansion, you have the option to purchase a glass of wine and you are allowed to leisurely browse around the various rooms on the first floor and even encouraged to sit on the furniture. Then the group tour began with our docent, Kim Poovey, who was very knowledgeable, entertaining and she answered so many questions. At the end of the 1 hour tour, there was an assortment of delicious refreshments from appetizers to desserts for you in the dining room (all included in the admission to the mansion). We even met the owners of the mansion. A very nice gift shop of homemade items, jewelry, books, baked and canned goods are available. Sit outside on the patio, or on a front porch rocker, or take a look at the beautiful landscape. This is a must do!!!! Be sure to have your camera with you. Enjoy every moment at Rose Hill Mansion!

Date of experience: December 2016
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