ABOUT Heyward House, Bluffton, SC Local Attraction
If you're visiting the lowcountry of South Carolina you'll notice loads of historical markers along the major highways. If you take a turn off the busy Highway 278, down Highway 46 - also known as May River Road, then take a turn onto Calhoun Street, you'll be in the heart of Bluffton.
The Heyward House - whose formal name is the Cole-Heyward House - is located at 70 Boundary Street in Bluffton, SC. It serves as the Welcome Center for Bluffton as well as the home of the Bluffton Historical Society.
With its pretty and inviting front porch, it's a great place for visitors to come and just 'set a spell.'
The home was built in 1841 as a 'summer home' for a local plantation owner and is one of only eight remaining homes in Bluffton from the antebellum era. Originally built by John J. Cole for his bride Ester Caroline Corley, it was a typical saw timber framed home that allowed the family to enjoy the beautiful breezes from the bluffs of the May River. The home was then occupied in the 1880s and owned by George Cuthbert Heyward, grandson of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Heyward, Jr. CLICK HERE for a link to the complete history!
The Cole-Heyward house is open Monday through Friday from 10-5 and Saturday from 10-4. They have tours too including a virtual docent tour - a really great innovation that allows you to go at your own pace and to wander through the rooms and feel as though you've stepped back in time.
Because it's also the Welcome Center for the Town of Bluffton, it's a great place to start your exploration of Bluffton. CLICK HERE for some properties if you think that you'd love to live in Old Town Bluffton.