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“Great History Lesson!”
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 May 2, 2017

Learned history I had not been aware of. Jane the hostess was very friendly. The tour involved standing in one place and could be challenging for seniors or people with knee and leg issues. The homemade refreshments were delicious!

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed May 1, 2017

Kim was our tour guide/docent and she is a master story teller!! We thoroughly enjoyed our history lesson along with a complete tour of the mansion, its environs and the great snacks and beverages offered at the end of the guided tour. We loved the way this is a living history mansion as the White family lives here and welcomes tours into their home as part of their average day and way of life. The collections are phenomenal; the history of the plantation and the renovation of the home is a wonderful story. Such a jewel in the heart of the low-country. Gift shop items and foods are also a nice addition to the experience.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed May 1, 2017

I highly recommend visiting Rose Hill Mansion (make reservations on line or call before you go). Wonderful view of life around the civil war and forward, very interesting talks about the areas early settlers, and admirable story about the current owner's efforts to save and restore this wonderful historic treasure.

Date of experience: April 2017
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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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