Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center, Bluffton

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · History Museum
Built in 1841, the Heyward House served as a summer home for local plantation owner, John James Cole. It would serve as a summer retreat for his family over the next twenty years. In 1867, after the Civil War, the house was acquired by the Heyward family. The Heyward family would live in/own the home from 1867-1997. In 1997 the house was sold to the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. In 1998 it opened as a historic house museum, and in 2000 it became the Official Welcome Center for the town of Bluffton.

Tours of the Heyward House are offered daily, and walking tours of the Old Town are available by appointment. The Heyward House also provides educational programs for public/private school, home-schoolers, tour companies, and other groups. Lectures, events, and other fundraisers are thrown throughout the year to help support the house.
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  • It is an official Welcome Center and when we visited Bluffton for the first time we started from the visit of the Heyward House Museum. The tour was unforgettable, conducted by the knowledgeable and.....  more »
  • I highly recommend the walking tour that is available through the Heyward House Museum. Kelly conducted our tour and was so knowledgable about the history of Bluffton. This is must do if in the...  more »
  • We had an amazing experience at the Heyward House. We purchased the house tour and the Historic Bluffton walking tour. Eleanor led our tour through the house. She was informative, witty, and a great resource. She took the time to elaborate and answer our questions. Miranda led our walking tour. She was great. She led us at our own pace and was full of fun facts. Historic Bluffton is beautiful and full of history. I highly recommend these tours and Eleanor & Miranda!
  • Visitors center personal were helpful in what to see in town. Several historic homes in the area and the visitors center is one of them.

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