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Rose Hill Mansion
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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. The Mansion is permanently closed until further notice.
Reviewed October 31, 2017

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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 26, 2017

We recently visited the Rose Hill Plantation. It gives One an Interesting slice of history in the Bluffton area. The house is beautifully restored. You can access the bottom floor, as the top floor is occupied by the owners. Refreshments are served at the end.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 26, 2017

If you are intrigued with architecture, antiques and American History, this is a place for you! Walk around the grounds of the Rose Hill Mansion, transport yourself to the mid to late 1800s and feel the vibes of those who went before you. A delightful nugget of southern Americana!

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 25, 2017

This is the first tour of its kind that we’ve done. The current owner Robin was very kind and had that sweet southern charm. The house is gorgeous and so much history. I’d definitely recommend this tour to anyone in the area as well as those for are looking for that history connection.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Joann K
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Reviewed October 12, 2017

we loved our time at Rose Hill. This was our second trip and we will be returning. the restoration was simply amazing. thank you

Date of experience: September 2017
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