Heyward House Museum | Visitors Center Bluffton

One block of the main artery in historic downtown Bluffton you’ll find The Heyward House at 70 Boundry Street. Dubbed the official welcome center for the town of Bluffton, The Heyward House was built by slaves in 1841. The Heyward House’s main thrust is to preserve the culture and history of Bluffton, SC.

Heyward House Historic Bluffton

One of only eight antebellum homes in Bluffton, the Cole-Heyward House is a perfect example of the Carolina Farmhouse style. Designed by John J. Cole for his wife, the house was built to be their escape from everyday life to enjoy time with their family.

FACT: The family of George Cuthbert Heyward, grandson of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Heyward Jr., was the first Heyward family to reside in the home.

Classic Truck Heyward Welcome Center

Slave Quarters Heyward House


Visitors Center Bluffton SC


Slave Quarters Heyward House

Heyward House Sign

Guided tours of the historic house museum and grounds are available Monday- Friday from 10 am – 4 pm and Saturdays from 10 am – 3 pm. Reservations are not required for house museum tours unless you have a group of 10 or more. Tours last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour and are offered as visitors arrive unless previously scheduled.

Adult: $10 | Student: $5
Children under 10: Free
BHPS Members: Free

The Heyward House is the Official Welcome Center for the Town of Bluffton. There is no charge to visit the Heyward House, where you can pick up free maps, information, local menus, and more. Prices apply only to tours.

TOURS of The Heyward House:The Heyward House offers Guided House Tours, Guided Walking Tours, Group Tours, and Living Portrait Tours.


Tuesday 10AM–5PM
Wednesday 10AM–5PM
Thursday 10AM–5PM
Friday 10AM–5PM
Saturday 10AM–4PM
Sunday Closed
Monday 10AM–5PM

Heyward House
70 Boundary Street
Bluffton, SC 29910
Phone(843) 757-6293

Mailing Address
PO Box 742
Bluffton, SC 29910


Facts about The Heyward House

Historic Significance: The Heyward House, built in 1841 is one of only eight antebellum homes remaining in Bluffton and is a significant historic landmark in Bluffton. It is an excellent example of a Carolina farmhouse-style residence from the antebellum period.

John James Cole: The house is often associated with its builder and original owner, John James Cole, a local plantation owner and businessman. It was constructed as his family residence. 

The Heyward Family: The Heyward family purchased the house in the late 19th century, giving the house its name. The Heyward family had connections to notable South Carolinians, including Thomas Heyward Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Restoration: In the late 20th century, the Heyward House underwent significant restoration efforts to preserve its historic charm. It now serves as a museum and visitor center.

Bluffton’s Historic District: The Heyward House is located within Bluffton’s Historic District, which encompasses numerous historic buildings, streets, and structures. Visitors can explore the district to understand the town’s rich history.

Guided Tours: Visitors to the Heyward House can take guided tours to learn more about the history of the house and the region. Knowledgeable docents provide insights into the life of the Cole and Heyward families and the history of Bluffton.

Local Events: The Heyward House often hosts special events and programs related to the history and culture of the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. These events can give visitors a deeper understanding of the area’s heritage. The top annual event is May Fest! 

Visitor Center: The Heyward House serves as a visitor center for Bluffton, providing information about the town’s attractions, dining options, and recreational activities.

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