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Review of Rose Hill Mansion

Rose Hill Mansion
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$25.00*
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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 July 24, 2017

The house was rebuilt to resemble the original. The home is beautiful. The remaining grounds are pretty (unfortunately the home is now in a housing plan). The house has interesting items from the Civil War. I really enjoyed the information about the Kirk family and their history in the house. You will learn many details about the current family and will view many of their collections (that are not from the Civil War era.) I think less emphasis should be on the current family and more on the original owners.
The tour was informative. You are not able to view the upstairs due to the current family living in the home. We did not get a tour of the grounds. It would have been nice to view the grounds and learn the history of the surroundings.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed July 20, 2017

Ms. Kim was a great guide. Loved her story telling. Loved the plantation and the history. It was amazing to meet thr owner also

Date of experience: July 2017
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Thank Anna H
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Reviewed July 19, 2017

This was a very historical, interesting tour. the home is lovely, the tour guide very informative. It survived the Civil War because it looks like a church, so the Union used it to treat the wounded. Afterwards, we had snacks & refreshments that were included. very well worth the time & money!!

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Marcia S
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Reviewed July 15, 2017

We had a great time, and learned a great deal about the history of the mansion and the area. Wonderful baked goods as a treat after the tour.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed July 10, 2017

$25 per person may cause a person to say no to this historical site. We considered it to be a partial donation to the owners efforts to maintain and share the property.

Date of experience: July 2017
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