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Review of Rose Hill Mansion - CLOSED

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 31, 2016 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed December 29, 2016

Great experience; very informative!!! Tells a lot of history of the plantations in the south. It also went into the Civil War Era!!!

Date of experience: December 2016
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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
Thank Jonet J
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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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