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Rose Hill Plantation Historic, Union

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4.6/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
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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  • We took our 2 boys to this house not really knowing what to expect. As frequent visitor s to old houses in the UK, we have high standards. This exceeded these with a delightful guide who was very prof...  read more »
  • Making plans to visit friends in Jonesville, SC I got directions on google and discovered we had to go through a State Park. Upon driving the route, we saw signs that read Rose Hill Plantation State H...  read more »
  • Take The Interior of the Home Tour. Tour times are 11AM, 1PM and 3PM daily. This is a TRUE Southern Plantation that reflects how difficult life was during the era. The restoration that is taking place...  read more »
  • The grounds are beautiful. The plantion house is breath taking. The assigned park rangers are very informative, really enjoyed the park presentation.
  • 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.
  • Wonderful day trip. Tours at 11 1 and 3 daily during summer.
  • Nice historic area. They have a picnic shelter and nice grounds with a short nature walk. There's also a trailhead for a 2 mile river hike here. There's not a lot as far as buildings just mainly the house and a few small sheds but a nice place if you're into history or old plantation style places. Kept up real nice.
  • A really neat place with a lot of history.
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