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“Rose Hill is WORTH taking in”
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
Certificate of Excellence
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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 April 15, 2017

We went there, and wondered if the entry cost was worth it. But we enjoyed is very much. The history of the building, and the fact that the current owners bought it despite being greatly damaged by fire. They brought it back to life. The refreshments were greater than expected as well. WORTH taking in if you too want to preserve historical buildings.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed April 15, 2017

This was great...don't miss it if you're in the area! You get to tour this magnificent old mansion and hear of all the details of the restoration. Makes for a truly delightful time.
Plus at the end we got to enjoy some tasty treats. The owner that actually lives in the upstairs of the house, was away when we toured it, but it was incredibly interesting hearing of all it's history, just the same.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed April 13, 2017

What a fabulous day!!!!! Our Rose Hill Mansion Tour was wonderful. Our docent, Jan Kirk, was incredibly knowledgeable and personable. Ms. Pat, who personally prepared all the items for our buffet lunch, explained her special ingredients and recipes. Robin White, the current owner who actually lives in the upstairs part of the Rose Hill Mansion, was also on hand to answer questions and to give additional insight as to how she came about purchasing this extraordinary property. Our contact person, Danielle Casey, was extremely helpful with arrangements and suggestions. Thanks to everyone for making this event a most memorable experience!!!

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Arlyne D
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Reviewed April 12, 2017

I had visitors from out of state and visited the mansion on a day of touring the area. All of us enjoyed the tour from the fabulous tour guide to the snacks. Great history of our area. Was a bonus to meet the home owner!

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed April 12, 2017

What a great tour. We loved it. So many artifacts found on the property. Don't miss it! Owners have a true love for the property.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank jrober50
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