Why You Need to Explore the Heyward House

Most welcome centers are bland buildings carrying typical travel pamphlets and information. But the Heyward House is not just any welcome center. One of eight antebellum homes left in Bluffton, South Carolina, it was built for a local plantation owner as a summer escape. The Heyward House is a great place to learn about Historic Bluffton and even offers a full tour of the area! Request our free Vacation Guide for other tips and information to make your trip to the Lowcountry one to remember.

Top Reasons to Visit the Heyward House


Built from simple timber back in 1841, the walls have over 170 years of American history dripping out of them. The house, designed by John J. Cole for his bride and built by slaves before the dawn of the Civil War, is named for the Heyward family who lived there from 1880’s until 1998. Among the inhabitants during that period was George Cuthbert, the grandson of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Virtually untouched by time, the site is still home to its original slave cabin and summer kitchen.


The Carolina Farmhouse-style building is filled with a wonderful and helpful staff that want to make your stay in Bluffton memorable. They provide a wide range of tours for visitors interested in the house and the area. Take a guided walking tour through Old Town Bluffton and discover the Bluffton State of Mind. You can also take the living portrait tour, a new, interactive exhibit that uses a free smartphone app to make portraits around the house come alive.


At the heart of the historical center of Bluffton, the Heyward House is the perfect place to start an afternoon of exploring. Stroll the shady, tree-lined streets and see the Church of the Cross, one of the most beautiful spots in Bluffton. You can also check out the Colcock-Teel House, a 1920’s era home that’s part of the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. Add in plenty of amazing places to eat, and you have yourself a full day of fun!

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If you want to be close to the center of Historic Bluffton, you’ll want to book your stay at The Old Town Bluffton Inn! Just steps away from all of the excellent restaurants and activities, our beautiful, family-owned inn gives you easy access to everything that Bluffton has to offer. The beach is only a quick drive away! You will love our bright, French eclectic decor. Each of our unique guest rooms is named for some of the most influential figures from the Lowcountry.

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