Robin White, proprietor, graciously invited guests into the anti-bellum, Gothic Revival style home for the launch of Wine Wednesday. Rose Hill Mansion was built for Dr. John Kirk and his wife Caroline in 1858 on land now called Rose Hill Plantation (now a gated community) in Bluffton, SC. Eighty-five guests enjoyed touring five rooms of the mansion, sampling hors d’oeuvres including shrimp, pulled pork, cheese, fresh strawberries and much more. Seven varieties of Rose Hill private label wine were available to taste or purchase. While sipping a glass of Kiwi Gold, I examined rooms replete with historic artifacts, period furnishings, family photographs and paintings, and even a very impressive moose head! Guests were seated on antique couches listening to the music of Ernie and Debi Evans that wafted from the entrance hall. Others rocked comfortably on the front porch, gazing at the live oak trees that have guarded the house for 154 years.
This magnificent house suffered severe fire damage in 1987, but the Middleton White Foundation purchased the property in 1996 to begin the process of a meticulous restoration. Rusty and Robin White were married here in 1997. Since that time, Rose Hill Mansion has hosted many weddings, family reunions, oysters roasts, tours and other events. It is a labor of love to care for such a wonderful structure of history and so generous to make this private home available to the public! Please visit http://www.rosehillmansion.com/RoseHillMansion.html for the complete history of the house and details and photographs documenting the restoration.[nggallery id=14]