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Trip Planner: USA / South Carolina / Coastal South Carolina / Bluffton / Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center
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.Make Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center a centerpiece of your Bluffton vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Bluffton route planner.
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.
Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center reviews
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 »
Visited after going to the local Farmers market. Great history here and excellent stories about the area from Jane. I look forward to taking a tour with her in the future when I'm back in the area, you can tell how knowledgeable she is and how much she loves history.
It was a nice house the walk through and see the antiques. The host (young guy) was very helpful. It is worth a visit to learn about the area.
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