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Rose Hill Plantation Historic, Union

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Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site is a historic site in Union County, South Carolina, that preserves the home of William H. Gist (1807-1874), the 68th governor of South Carolina. Gist helped instigate a Secession Convention in South Carolina, which led to the creation of the Ordinance of Secession that preceded the Civil War.William Gist was the natural son of Francis Fincher Gist (c. 1773-1819), a Charleston merchant and South Carolina state representative, who by 1811 had purchased land in Upstate South Carolina. Either Francis Fincher or William Henry built a Georgian-style brick house (c. 1811-1830), eventually called Rose Hill after the many varieties of roses planted in its formal gardens.In the late 1850s and early 1860s, William Gist remodeled the house, adding two-tiered back and front porches and stuccoing the brick in order to transform the exterior into the more fashionable Greek revival-style. The final house had three stories, the first two used as living quarters and the third a mixture of living and storage areas. According to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Rose Hill featured "more refined ornamentation than usually found in upcountry houses of the period." A spiral staircase led to the second floor, which included a ballroom with two fireplaces so that the space could be converted into two bed chambers to accommodate guests.During Gist's term of office (1858-1860), the house served as the governor's mansion. From Rose Hill, Gist wrote the governors of Louisiana, North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida, suggesting that if Abraham Lincoln were elected President, South Carolina might take the lead in seceding from the Union.
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  • It is surprisingly well-taken care of house. Quite large too. Great tour guide. Few other houses on the premises. Worth to visit.  more »
  • I love homes and can find interesting things about every home I visit. it was a lovely drive to the SC state park - rose hill plantation. drove thru sumter nat'l forest on the way in. 3 tours a day an...  more »
  • My wife and I are history buffs, especially Civil War history, and we can't seem to get enough of old plantation houses and cemeteries. Unfortunately, many antebellum mansions are privately owned and ...  more »
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  • One of our state historic sites that has a lot of history along with some nice walking trails.
  • My most memorable visit to Rose Hill was in September 2008. My now-husband planned our first date several months prior, and we went there for the first anniversary of when we first met (Sept 2007). Little did I know that he had other "plans" that afternoon. He proposed to me on the front porch of the plantation house that day, September 22, 2008! Thus, Rose Hill is one of our most favorite day-trips. We just celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary on June 2016, and spent an afternoon at Rose Hill for our 9th engagement anniversary in September 2016.
  • Historically accurate and an unlikely romantic attraction that deserves to be awed during gardening season.
  • Least favorite of the state parks. Glad I went but wouldn't go back
  • I love visiting Rose Hill. I live about 40 minutes from here, and it is a nice place for a Saturday picnic or a relaxing walk around the plantation. While slavery was a dark time and a stain on our nation's history, being able to come here and learn about the lives and people who were a part of that is important. If we preserve our history, study it, and learn from it; then hopefully we will never repeat it and be able to build a better future for nation. Rose Hill Plantation is a beautiful place to come and tour the house, and have a picnic lunch on the grounds.