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Address: 70 Boundary St, Bluffton, SC 29910-7011
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+1 843-757-6293
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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Make this your first stop when visiting historic Bluffton, South Carolina....

Make this your first stop when visiting historic Bluffton, South Carolina. Whether you'd like to tour the house-museum, have questions about local history, need maps of the area, or just want to know where to have lunch while you're in town-- we would love to see you! The Heyward House was constructed circa 1841, and is one of only eight antebellum homes remaining in the Lowcountry coastal town of Bluffton, South Carolina. In 1998, the home was purchased by the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society and opened to the public for tours, field trips, and events. In addition to being a beautifully preserved house-museum, the Heyward House also acts as the official town Welcome Center, providing maps, information, menus, and more to visitors and residents. Because of its well-preserved condition, the Heyward House is now an Official Project of the Save America's Treasures Program, a public-private partnership between the White House Millennium Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.The home is open to the public for tours Monday - Friday: 10-5 and Saturday 10-4. Group tours and guided walking tours of the historic district are available with advanced reservations.

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Great for a snapshot history of the area

I was the only person on the house tour, so that was unexpected, but very nice, since it was a busy day in Bluffton (farmers' market day). The tour guide was knowledgeable, very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Velga K
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68 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was the only person on the house tour, so that was unexpected, but very nice, since it was a busy day in Bluffton (farmers' market day). The tour guide was knowledgeable, very pleasant and extremely helpful.

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Heyward House H, Public Relations Manager at Heyward House, responded to this review

We love tiny tours as much as packed ones, thank you for visiting! We hope you enjoyed Bluffton. More 

Bluffton, South Carolina
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67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited in November to get the local history in Bluffton and got more than I expected. The guide was extremely interesting and shared much of the lowcountry history and gave us much more stories related to the families who lived in this house and the slave trade during this period. Highly recommended.

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Heyward House H, Public Relations Manager at Heyward House, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your time here and were able to take away more than you expected! We hope you are able to make it back to visit again. More 

FV
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

We toured the house and also took the walking tour with Larry, our decent guide. Larry was excellent, very knowledgeable of the town and area. As we walked through historic Bluffton, he pointed out various homes, shops, churches, etc. while sharing facts and stories of different times. Very interesting! Definitely recommend taking the walking tour and the Heyward House tour.

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Thank KS L
Heyward House H, Public Relations Manager at Heyward House, responded to this review

We're thrilled that you enjoyed your time touring historic Bluffton and our house museum! Thank you for your review, and we hope that you are able to come back soon. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

If you didn’t already downloaded the self-guided map on-line, you can pick one up here as the house serves as a visitor center as well. While you’re there, you can either tour the house on your own for free or if you happen to arrive during the start of a tour, like we did, you can join in. The tour... More 

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Heyward House H, Public Relations Manager at Heyward House, responded to this review

So glad you arrived in time for a tour of our historic home and were even able to take a stroll around our beautiful town as well! We hope to see you back here to enjoy Bluffton in springtime. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Great walking tour. About 1 mile square. Included all of the historic homes. Great history lesson of the area.

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Heyward House H, Public Relations Manager at Heyward House, responded to this review

We're happy you enjoyed your time exploring our historic town! Thank you for your review and we hope you make it back to Bluffton soon. More 

North Caldwell, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Seven people visited and got area info but did not take the tour. Rest rooms available at no charge.

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Heyward House H, Manager at Heyward House, responded to this review

Thanks for dropping by for information about the area! We hope you were able to see a little of the house and outbuildings as well without taking a tour. Come back and see us again! More 

Front Royal, Virginia
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This was built as a summer home for a plantation owner. It wasn't very fancy but interesting. Good place to get recommendations on things to do in Buffington.

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Heyward House H, Manager at Heyward House, responded to this review

We're glad you stopped by for information and we hope you enjoyed your time at the House and in our town! More 

Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This pre-Civil War home also serves as the visitor center for Bluffton and tours are provided on the hour, although I was given a tour upon arrival at 1:30. The docent was extremely knowledgeable about the house and it's history, as well as the history of the time period in general. The home is not large but it is furnished... More 

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Heyward House H, Manager at Heyward House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit, we were happy to have you for a tour of our house museum! We hope to see you back in Old Town Bluffton someday. More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

All visits to Bluffton should start here. The house is really preserved well. It feels like just what it is, an old house with lots of history. This is a good, honest house, with character. Many artifacts belonging to the family lend an authentic feel. Our Docent Kaitlin (please forgive my spelling) was very good, interesting, knowledgeable and pleasant. She... More 

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Heyward House H, Manager at Heyward House, responded to this review

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time here and felt welcome in our historic home! We hope to see you back in Old Town Bluffton soon to experience a new season and new activities. More 

Tel Aviv, Israel
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We were four of us and so we had the run of the place plus the curator was our guide. This interesting house with its unusual furnished rooms and the slave cabins in the back was very interesting.

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Heyward House H, Manager at Heyward House, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing us! We are so happy your enjoyed our historic house museum and hope you also enjoyed your time in Bluffton. More 

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