Bluffton in South Carolina
Welcome to Bluffton, South Carolina
Bluffton is located in Beaufort County. It is Hilton Head Island’s closest mainland neighbour.
In the early 1800s rice and cotton planters from the “Low Country” built summer houses on this “High Bluff” overlooking the May River. Away from the heat, mosquito, and malaria, they and their families enjoyed the weather, the water, and the abundant fish, clams, oysters, and shrimp. These features are still enjoyed by Bluffton’s residents and visitors alike.
In 1996 Bluffton was designated a National Historic District with 46 contributing buildings and 2 contributing sites. In 1998 the Heyward House opened to the public by the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. In 1999 the Heyward House was part of the Save America’s Treasures program.
The Heyward House became the town’s welcome center in 2000, and the Old Town Bluffton historic district was established through zoning regulations and architectural standards. In 2005, Bluffton was recognized as a Preserve America Community, a federal program that encourages community efforts to preserve the nation’s cultural and historical assets.
You can stroll through Old Town Bluffton and visit the shops and restaurants that offer local grown produce and locally caught seafood. Outside of the Old Town area, you can find an unlimited number of shops, entertainment venues, golf courses, restaurants, and beautiful scenery found throughout the area.