Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center, Bluffton

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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...  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...  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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