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Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site

Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site

In the days following the election of President Abraham Lincoln, South Carolina Gov. William H. 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 interprets the life and legacy of the man history has come to know as the “Secession Governor.”

The son of a Charleston merchant, 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 walk the elegant grounds, tour the plantation home, 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 site year-round, including weddings and receptions.

GENERAL

  • Civil War: Yes
  • Tour and Programs Information: Historic house museum tours focus on plantation life from 1828-1960.

    Rose Hill Plantation is a "DiscoverCarolina Site", which provides curriculum-based social studies programs for South Carolina school children.

HOURS AND ADMISSION

  • 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 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Nov.-Feb. Thursday through Monday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The house is only accessible by guided tour. Tour times are subject to change; please call the park for further information.

  • Office Hours: Daily, 4-5 p.m.

LOCATION

  • Driving Directions:
    From I-26:Take exit 44 onto Highway 49 toward Union. Continue through Cross Anchor to Cross Keys (approximately 5 miles). At Cross Keys take right hand fork onto Old Buncombe Road proceed 5 miles to junction with Galilee Church Road then left. Continue on Galilee Church Road for 3 miles to Rose Hill front gate. Proceed slowly on Galilee Church Road as it has a 30 mph hairpin corner and look for the William H. Gist family cemetery on left.
  • Counties: Union
  • Acreage: 44
  • Miles to Nearest Hospital: 10
  • Miles to Nearest Town: 9

MILES TO:

  • Charleston, SC: 175
  • Columbia, SC: 64
  • Florence, SC: 140
  • Greenville, SC: 62
  • Charlotte, NC: 75
  • Raleigh, NC: 216
  • Atlanta, GA: 205
  • Augusta, GA: 85

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • If you cannot find it on this website: We try to provide you with as much information as possible on this website to assist you in selecting your favorite State Park and book your reservation on-line. However, if you can't locate the information you are looking for on this site, please feel free to email the park at rosehill@scprt.com

Contact Information

2677 Sardis RD
Union,SC 29379
Phone: (864) 427-5966
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