Heyward House Restoration & Celebration

On July 30, the 146-year-old Heyward House Historic Center celebrated its recent “facelift” with a Ribbon Cutting Party. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the restorations at John James Cole’s former summer home, here are some of the reconstructed projects in process. Feel free to stop by and see the updates for yourself. Photos provided by the Heyward House.

1. The downstairs Office & Restroom are now ADA-compliant.

2. Once the 1930s Kitchen Addition (which currently serves as the office) is complete, it will be turned into a full gift shop.

3. The Slave Cabin behind the home is basically completed, aside from painting.

Slave Cabin – Before

Slave Cabin – Current

4. The back of the house now boasts a completed back porch (aside from painting and screens) and a handicap ramp to replace the stairs.

Back of the House – Before

Back of the House – Current

5. Insulation has been added to the upstairs with a new HVAC system.

Upstairs – Before


Upstairs Room – Current

6. New Handicap Ramp

Future Handicap Ramp


Serving as Bluffton’s Welcome Center, the Heyward House Historic Center is open Monday-Saturday and offers Guided House Tours and Historic District Walking Tours by appointment, as well as a variety of special programming for both children and adults.

On August 7, join Dr. Larry Rowland for “The Indigenous People & Lowcountry’s Early Settlements,” the latest installment of the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society’s Lecture Series, in the Bluffton Rotary Community Center at Oscar Frazier Park from 6-7 p.m. Admission is $5.

The following day, ages 7 and up are welcome at the Heyward House for a Civil War Adventure Camp with reenactor Aaron Bradford from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. This camp is a chance to learn about Civil War uniforms and equipment, train to fight as infantry and artillery soldiers, learn battlefield communications, participate in a battle drill and more. Parents are encouraged to participate. Wednesday, August 9, is Living History Camp for ages 5-12 examining the process of natural dyes from the past, exploring plantation cooking, manners of the 1920s, period storytelling, learning to play 19th century games and more.

The Heyward House Historic Center is located at 70 Boundary Street. For details on the reconstruction or to register for tours, camps and lectures, call (843) 757-6293 or visit heywardhouse.org.