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“Unexpected in the south”
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 28, 2017

My sister picked this tour for the family to do. My hubby and I weren't too sure about it but we loved it. It was so unexpected to see this gothic mansion on a southern plantation. And to top it off, the homeowner, Robin White, joined us at the end.

Note... not a place for little kids. Teens may be bored.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed May 25, 2017

My friend and I enjoyed a wonderful tour of Rose Hill Mansion yesterday. The docent, JoAnn, was very knowledgeable of the history of the home. The history of this home is incredible; hard to believe that it survived the war without being destroyed! This tour was an incredible look back into history. The work that has been done to restore this home is truly amazing! It was well worth the time and a great way to spend a rainy afternoon!

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Elizabeth V
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Reviewed May 23, 2017

Visited on Monday 22nd May as a couple from Scotland. Greatly enjoyed a wonderful opportunity to see inside such a lovely mansion house. Jo Anne was a great tour guide who was amusing and informative about the history of the house. It was clear that she enjoyed showing visitors around. The transformation since the current owners Robert and Robyn purchased the property is incredible. It was a great ending when we were able to enjoy some of Miss Patty's home made treats. It is obvious that the owners are fulfilling a labour of love. It was a pleasure and a privilege. Thank you

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank fifer1075
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Reviewed May 22, 2017

Beautiful mansion and amazing restoration. The tour was informative and interesting. The snacks were a plus. Recommend!

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed May 21, 2017

Our tour guide, Jan Kirk, was very knowledgeable and made the mansion tour very interesting. Thanks, Jan, "who is not related to the Kirk's!"

Date of experience: May 2017
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