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“Beautiful old southern mansion!”
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 26, 2017

Lovely gothic mansion fully restored to its former glory by the current owners. Wonderful history lesson by tour guide and tasty refreshments afterwards. A nice way to spend the afternoon.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed April 25, 2017

I live in the area but had never ventured into the Rose Hill Plantation development to visit Rose Hill Mansion. Recently, however, I lead a tour group to see the mansion and was blown away by what I had been missing. It's not like Tara, at least on the outside. They call it Carpenter Gothic, a very unique style of architecture. The inside has been lovingly restored and decorated by the owners, one of whom (Robin) greeted us at the door and made everyone feel welcome. If you are into historic homes and the antebellum era, this is one you shouldn't miss.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Dick N
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Reviewed April 24, 2017

Love what the new owners have done to this plantation and the food after the tour was good!! Some of the items in the house are extremely rare and very nice!!

Date of experience: April 2017
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Thank CristnaH
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Reviewed April 23, 2017 via mobile

Robin has done a wonderful job of preserving the mansion and all the history and that has brought others into the fold with their historical donations of items from the home.
It is also a great place for a wedding with beautiful grounds- try the Wednesday night tour for a special treat!

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank CarlSchroeder
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Reviewed April 19, 2017

This house has a lot of history and the current owners, Mr. and Mrs. Robb White, are kind enough to open their beautiful home for all to enjoy even when they're in town as they were during our visit. There has been great efforts to restore the house to it's original beauty after the devastating fire in the late 1980's and it certainly shows. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and are patient enough to answer all questions asked. The tea served at the end of the tour is a very pleasant ending to an enjoyable afternoon. A must on your list while visiting the Bluffton area.

Date of experience: March 2017
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