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Review of Rose Hill Mansion

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 January 27, 2017

We highly recommend the tour of Rose Hill Mansion. It provides a great mix of historical insights from before and during the civil war (great discussion of why Rose Hill wasn’t burned when it was controlled by the Union Army), family histories, and trials and tragedy’s all too familiar to anyone who has remodeled a house (e.g. the catastrophic fire in 1987 and the nine years the White’s had to live in the adjacent servant’s quarters while Rose Hill was restored to its former glory). The house is architecturally beautiful and full of interesting European antiques. Our tour guide was excellent, we appreciated the snacks and the discussion of how they were prepared by the lady who did so, and it was an honor to meet the owner, Robin White, who, along with her husband, has put so much into restoring the house. Remember to print the on-line coupon from the website (or have it on your phone) to get your free glass of wine. Also, visit the Church of the Cross in Blufton while you are in the neighborhood.

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed January 25, 2017

Restored mansion is a private residence filled with period pieces, some originals, and items found on the estate. Truly beautiful and in outstanding condition! Our tour guide, Kim, was costumed to fit the era and very knowledgeable about the original family, the mansion and its history, and the area history. We stayed for the afternoon tea served in the dining room--it was delightful! The delicacies served with the tea were made on site by the catering manager, Pat, and were very tasty!

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

Fun afternoon to give a look back in time. Guide was very informative and open to some crazy questions. Owners were welcoming--it is a private residence. Miss Pat's cooking is yummy!

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed January 7, 2017

The attention and detail to this mansion by the current owners is outstanding!!!
Through all of its history it maintains a beautiful southern charm.

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed January 6, 2017

The home and grounds are beautiful! The docent is passionate about sharing the history of the home and its inhabitants in a thoughtful and lovely way. There are interesting artifacts discovered on the property on display. The current owners have lovingly restored the home over 9 years and it shows! At the end of the downstairs tour there is a delicious tea for the visitors.

Date of experience: January 2017
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