Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center, Bluffton

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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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  • The walking tour was fantastic! Kelly, the tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable about all the homes we saw and the general history of the area. He was able to answer all of our questions as well... 
    The walking tour was fantastic! Kelly, the tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable about all the homes we saw and the general history of the area. He was able to answer all of our questions as well...  more »
  • Kelly was amazing! I loved his stories....so interesting! We just moved to Bluffton and I was excited to hear of its history. We had a big group and we all loved walking through the streets and... 
    Kelly was amazing! I loved his stories....so interesting! We just moved to Bluffton and I was excited to hear of its history. We had a big group and we all loved walking through the streets and...  more »
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  • This was a small little intresting place. The sweet lady that is there will walk around with you answering any questions you have. I love animals and history. So this place was a great place to go. We sat outside at the picnic tables and ate lunch. Just a good time all around.
  • Was there for the Marcus l McDougall send-off. RIP brother. What a beautiful excellent location in downtown Bluffton.

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