When our nation was first developing, the fertile land and temperate climate in the South lent itself to farming. As a result, large plantation homes developed cash crops such as indigo and cotton. Many of these plantations in our state have been carefully restored and are now open to the public. You can learn about our state’s history and get a glimpse into life in the 1700-1800s when you visit one of the many Beaufort, SC, plantations during your stay at the Cuthbert House Inn.
Before traveling to the South Carolina Lowcountry, request 24-hour access to our free Online Vacation Guide to Beaufort! You’ll find our recommendations for our favorite Beaufort, SC, plantations, as well as local eateries and beautiful art galleries. Our guide also showcases the featured accommodations and wonderful amenities at the Cuthbert House Inn!
Beaufort, SC, Plantations & Historic Homes
With over 2,000 beautifully restored homes in our beloved state, Beaufort, SC, plantations exude the true charm and allure of the early days of the South. Here are our recommendations for which plantations to visit!
The John Mark Verdier House
The iconic John Mark Verdier House is located at 801 Bay Street and is the only historic home open for public touring. This mansion is now a museum that teaches visitors about the Civil War and the early days of the South. In addition, you’ll learn about the role Beaufort, SC, plantations played in growing and trading indigo and cotton. When you walk into this historic site, you’ll be delighted by the beautiful architecture!
The Oaks Plantation
The Oaks Plantation is on the National Register of Historic Places and sits on the Harbor River, just 5 miles from our downtown. This magnificent plantation house is most famous for its role in the military occupation of St. Helena Island in the Civil War and was the site of the Penn School, the first academy for freedmen in the United States. Now, The Oaks is a private residence and can be toured by appointment only or used as an event venue. Whether you want to tour or have your wedding here, enjoy the beauty of this 1855 Southern plantation house!
Pick Pocket Plantation
Pick Pocket Plantation sits on a 15-acre expanse and showcases a farmhouse style. This plantation home features by a spectacular green roof and beautiful porches. As you drive to this Southern home, marvel at the quaint white picket fences on both sides of the entrance. Or, you can rent the space for your special event!
Other Plantations in the Area
If you want to discover more of these impressive Southern homes, check out the full list of these South Carolina historic sites!
Rose Hill Plantation
Sir John Colleton originally built the Rose Hill Plantation in 1718 and was a waterfront home on the Devil’s Barony Elbow. This scenic area is in Bluffton, SC, a neighboring town to Beaufort and known for its cooler breezes. When you tour this magnificent place, you’re sure to fall in love with the wrap-around porch and Southern charm!
Fall Festival of Houses & Gardens
If you are traveling to the South Carolina Lowcountry this October, attend the spectacular Fall Festival of House & Gardens! This annual event is presented by the Historic Beaufort Foundation and takes place this year from October 27 to 29, 2017. During this celebration, many Beaufort, SC, plantations open their doors and showcase their own piece of our history. On the tour, you’ll see 200-year-old architecture, learn about the culture of our coastal community during the 1700 and 1800s, and walk the breathtaking gardens around the Beaufort’s National Historic Landmark District. This delightful extravaganza is one of the most popular events in Beaufort, so we recommend purchasing your tickets early!
Book Your Getaway at Cuthbert House Inn
After your day exploring one of these Beaufort, SC, plantations, reflect on your day at the Cuthbert House Inn! Nestled on the banks of the Beaufort Bay, your Southern retreat awaits in one of our delightful accommodations. Our stunning bed and breakfast exudes a relaxing atmosphere and showcases the finest antiques from the 19th and 20th centuries. We invite you to browse our selection of excellently appointed guest rooms and reserve the perfect one for your getaway. We can’t wait to host you this year at the Cuthbert House Inn!
Photo credit | Historic Beaufort Foundation