Bluffton Sights to See
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Bluffton Oyster Factory Park
63 Wharf Street, Old Town Bluffton.
Located on the May River in Old Town Bluffton, the park celebrates the oldest continuous operating oyster shucking facility in South Carolina. Opened in the early 1900’s, the 4.5 acre site on the pristine May River was purchased by the Beaufort County Open Land Trust and has evolved into a community park. The Garvin-Garvey Freedman’s Cottage sits on the bluff overlooking the river. (843)757-4010
Bluffton Riverfront Pocket Park and Garden
End of Pritchard Street, Old Town Bluffton.
A living example of Bluffton’s River Overlay Protection District, this planted buffer provides visitors the opportunity to see how vegetated buffers along waterways protect water quality and enhance property aesthetics. (843)706-4500
Bluffton Shell Art Trail
Throughout Old Town Bluffton
The Shell Art Trail is a new cultural art exhibit. 21 unique fiberglass oyster sculptures have been placed throughout Old Town Bluffton. Each oyster is a true work of art, painted by a local artist. Download a digital map or print out your own Shell Art Trail Passbook and get ready to follow the trail to the most spectacularly decorated sculptures you’ve ever seen. A special plaque on each will provide you with a unique “oyster fact” in answer to questions in your Passbook. Match questions and answers to increase your knowledge as you travel the Trail. Take lots of selfies along the way. Post them to your social media accounts, tag us @LowcountryOysterTrail, and use #LowCountryOysterTrail #heARTofBluffton #SeeShellsinBluffton. Visit the Lowcountry Oyster Trail website to download your trail map.
Calhoun Street Art District
Collection of art galleries clustered along Calhoun Street, in the center of Old Town Bluffton. (843)757-6293
Campbell Chapel AME Church
23 Boundary Street, Old Town Bluffton.
The Campbell Chapel AME Church is the oldest surviving church within the historic district of Bluffton. Constructed in 1853 by the Bluffton Methodist Episcopal Church, the property changed hands in 1874 when it was purchased by freedmen. The church is believed to have been built by slaves. (843)757-3652
Read our Campbell Chapel AME Blog.
Church of the Cross Episcopal
110 Calhoun St, Old Town Bluffton.
Tours available (843)757-2661. The beautiful and historic Church of the Cross was built in 1857. It survived an attack by a Federal gun boat in 1863, when Federal troops burned most of Bluffton.
Bridge and Wharf Streets, (843) 757-6293
Guided tours of the Garvin-Garvey Freedman’s Cottage, located on the High Bluff in Oyster Factory Park are available. Reservations are not required for guided tours on Tuesdays or Thursdays, unless you have a group of 10 or more. Tours last approximately 30 minutes and are offered as visitors arrive unless previously scheduled.
Heyward House Historic Center
70 Boundary St. (843)757-6293. Built in 1841 as a summer cottage for a Lowcountry planter, the Heyward House is Southern Beaufort County’s only house museum and Bluffton’s official welcome center. It offers free information on things to see and do Also available are docent-guided tours of the site. Read our Heyward House Blog.
Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
Off Hwy. 278, between the bridges to Hilton Head Island. Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge contains 4,053 acres preserving salt marsh and maritime habitat. Historical marker commemorating Major General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. (843) 784-2468.
Society of Bluffton Artists
6 Church Street, Street, Bluffton. (843)757-6586, A co-op gallery of Bluffton artists and craftspeople, the Guild is located in the historic Planters Mercantile building. Featuring original paintings in various media and styles, hand-made pottery, jewelry, turned wood pieces, baskets and more.
Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve
Sawmill Creek Rd.
Thie 977 acre Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve provides an escape from the crowds. The preserve contains an example of the pine-saw palmetto flatwoods community, which is rare in South Carolina. As the name suggests, the pine-saw palmetto community is dominated by longleaf and slash pine in the overstory and saw palmetto in the understory. The other community type located on the preserve is the mainland maritime forest. This community occurs adjacent to the saltwater creeks and is dominated by live oak, cabbage palm, and slash pine. The preserve provides an excellent area for birdwatching, particularly in the spring. Pine, yellow-throated, and yellow rumped warblers, white-eyed vireos, summer tanagers and flycatchers can be seen in a short time. White-tailed deer, fox and gray squirrels can also be observed.