Make a reservation before you go. Tours are limited to 40 people and there is one tour a day. When you arrive at the gated community, listen closely to the instructions on how to get to the house. There are no signs directing you to the house.
I arrived at 1:30 and took photos before going to the front entryway to sign in for the tour. I enjoyed the view of the staircase and walked through some of the rooms before the tour started at 2pm.
This mansion has a storied past. It isn’t possible to cover it all in the one hour tour. But after the tour, when refreshments are served, make sure you listen to others questions and ask some of your own.
I loved seating on the porch in a rocker eating my refreshments. It was delightful.
Do some research before you go, this will allow you to ask more questions while you are there. The White’s, who own the home and have been restoring it for the last 22 years, have tried to meld their interests (history, antiques, collectibles, and art), with the history of the home.
This is one of only a few plantation homes near Hilton Head that survived the civil war. Thankfully The White’s are willing to spend money to preserve history. This is an incredible personal endeavor and they are sharing history in a unique manner.
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