In the days following the election of President Abraham Lincoln, South Carolina Gov. William Henry Gist
was characteristically blunt: “The only alternative left, in my judgment, is the secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union.”
Today, Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site stands as a fine example of plantation homes of the South, and its purpose is to interpret the life and legacy of the man history has come to know as the “Secession Governor.”
The son of a Charleston merchant, William Henry Gist rose from modest beginnings to be elected governor of South Carolina in 1858. By then he had come to accept the belief that South Carolina could protect slavery only by withdrawing from the Union.
Today, visitors can tour one of the finest plantation homes of the South
, walk the elegant grounds, admire its beautiful rose gardens and explore other original plantation buildings. The site also includes a short hiking trail down to the Tyger River.
Holiday programs and other special events are held at Rose Hill year-round, including weddings and receptions.
Don’t miss the other historic plantations South Carolina
has to offer!
HOURS AND ADMISSION
: Grounds are free. House tours: $5 age 16+, $3 SC Senior, $4 age 6-15, children under 5 are free. Groups of 15 or more, please contact park to make reservation for house tour.
Days and Hours of Operation
: Park grounds are open daily from 9am-6pm. House museum tours are held: Mar-Oct, daily at 1, 2 and 3pm and Nov-Feb Thursday through Monday at 1, 2 and 3pm. The house is only accessible by guided tour.
: Daily, 11am-noon
: Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet.