We had an afternoon to kill while in Bluffton and decided to book a last minute history tour of Rose Hill Mansion on the Rose Hill Plantation. We initially thought that the fee ($25) was a little steep, but for that we had a very informative two hour history lesson about Bluffton during the Civil War, the Kirk family that founded Rose Hill, the disappearance of Sea Island cotton, the 1987 fire that devastated the Mansion, and her purchase and revival by her current and very artistic owners, Rusty and Robin. The house is beautiful, especially around Christmas, and at the end of our tour, our group was treated to a delicious buffet of cheese grits, macaroni and cheese, pound cake, cornbread, cheese and crackers, sweet potato pie, salsa and chips, and jalapeño sweet pickles, plus sweet peach tea or lemonade to drink, all lovingly arranged and described by the talented "Miss Pat." After the tour, we were at our leisure to explore the first floor of the house on our own, take photos, and chat with the tour guide in the kitchen. There were also wonderful gifts for sale by local artists at a reasonable price in the "pantry" and conservatory. All in all, it was a great value and a fun way to spend an afternoon.
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