As a Northerner, relocated to the South, the names of the Plantations, streets, and towns roll off my tongue but it’s not until I dive into the history of their origin that I learn about the area I now call home.
There are many history lessons that can be learned through the rich history of Rose Hill Plantation. Here are a few.
Yemassee Indians were the only Indians that resided in South Carolina at one time. During this time, they were the first residents of what we now call Rose Hill Plantation.
In 1718, after several years of fighting with England, the Yemassee Indians moved South towards Florida and King Charles granted the 12,000-acre property known as “Devils Elbow” to the Barbadian Planter Lord John Colleton.
Lord Colleton grew sea island cotton, indigo, corn, and cattle and grew the Plantation into one of the most successful in the region.
Around 1750, an Episcopal Minister named John Rose bought 1000 acres of the Plantation from Lord Colleton. Hense, Rose Hill’s name. The original plantation home was built on a hill which is where the second part of the name comes from.
When John Rose passed away, his stepson James Brown Kirk inherited the land. Some of the Kirk’s still live in Rose Hill today.
The mansion was built in 1858 by Kirk’s great-granddaughter and her husband John. When the Civil War broke out, John and Caroline sought refuge in Grahamville, South Carolina and never finished the interior of the home. The Kirk’s were plagued by unfortunate circumstances that made it impossible to ever finish the interior of their dream home or return to take up residence in Rose Hill.
In 1946, the Sturgeon family bought the home and began restoration and completion of it. By 1980, the Welton family formed the Rose Hill Plantation and Development Company and purchased the property that resulted in the present day community of Rose Hill.
In 1987 a major fire devastated the entire home. After the fire, the house was redesigned to
Up until 2018, the home offered public tours. But, after the passing of Mr. White in 2018, the home was closed to the public and is now the private residence of Robin White.
Today, the Plantation is split into two sides divided by 278. The southside is considered the golf side and houses the golf club. Most of the homes on the golf side have spacious homesites and scenic views of the
The northside of Rose Hill is the Equestrian side. It has spacious homesites, larger Lowcountry homes, and equestrian trails that meander around the Plantation. This side is also the side where you will find the Plantation House, the Polo Fields, and the River Club.
Prices in Rose Hill Plantation are some of the least expensive in the Lowcountry for what’s included. The POAs are also some of the most reasonable considering the amenities offered.
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