Spring cleaning? More like beginning of the year cleaning!
The Heyward House closed down from Jan. 5 through Jan. 10 so that the staff and some volunteers would be able to do some major cleaning! And let me tell ya, we got a lot of stuff done! We were able to do a deep clean of the downstairs and the upstairs. We were also able to completely re-organize the upstairs (YAY!), so now we know exactly what we’ve got to work with. We weren’t able to do all the renovations we wanted to do, but hopefully we will be able to do all of that soon!
We were also able to move some things around in the house, and it looks great! We were finally able to set up a display case where all of the artifacts are set up now. The plantation desk looks more like an actual in use desk now. We’ve got a Harper’s Weekly on the desk that talks about the assassination of Lincoln, and a wanted poster for John Wilkes Booth! We also moved some stuff around in the Lady’s parlor so now it’s more open and not so crowded.
We are very happy with all the work that we’ve accomplished and we would like to thank everyone for bearing with us while we were closed.
It’s hard to believe that this year is coming to a close. It might be a cliche, but time really has flown by us this year. I feel that we have accomplished a lot throughout the year, and I know that next year will bring us many more accomplishments.
This year we were able to create new educational programs that allowed for a more hands on experience for children and adults. We have done more research on the families that lived in the house and because of that we were able to depict a more accurate story. We have had several events that have proven to be profitable for the historical society, including the introduction of our tea parties.
We’ve also got some great things in the works for next year! A new exhibit, a new tour option for the house, and so much more! We can’t wait to show ya’ll what we have planned!!
I have to say that if it wasn’t for the support we receive, we really would be able to do everything that we do! The Bluffton community is one of the best, because they know how important it is to preserve the past. I hope that we will receive the same support for the new programs that we are working on for next year! We’ve got some good lecture ideas tucked away, that will hopefully prove to be successful.
Stick with us, we’ve got some great things planned.
Happy Halloween! This is such a fun time of the year where everyone gets dressed up and things go bump in the night! The staff at the Heyward House decided to dress up this year and it ended up being really fun!
Katie is a Pegasus, Maureen is Mrs. Incredible, and I am a witch. We all put these costumes together ourselves and I think it makes it really unique and interesting. All of the guests that come in seem to enjoy it, although there were some odd looks at first. 🙂 We are also giving out candy to the guests that stop by today. So if you’re out in Bluffton, stop by for a treat!
This is always an interesting day here at the Heyward House, especially since the veil between the living and dead is lifted. The house is haunted, and yes we pretty much know that as a fact. Staff members and volunteers have heard footsteps, seen things, and notice things that have been moved. We’ve had a lot of people say that they have seen a gentleman in our upstairs window when they pass by at night. We like to call him our security guard. hehe So if you happen to walk or drive by the Heyward House tonight, take a look around and let us know if you see anything! We would love to hear about it!
There are no words to describe the feeling when someone donates items to the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. The feeling is quite humbling and we are so grateful for everything that we have. Recently the Historical Society was given a bedroom set that dates back to the mid-1800’s. The bedroom set didn’t fit inside of the Heyward House, but instead we moved it over to the Colcock-Teel house*. We are working on a new exhibit/tour that will be located at the Colcock-Teel house, and the furniture will help to decorate the house, and to help tell a story. The bed and dresser are the recent donations, but I’ve also included pictures of the inside of the Colcock-Teel House.
Living Room Area
Sheila the mannequin
*For those of you that don’t know, the Colcock-Teel house is another historic home that the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society owns; it was bequeathed to us by Sophie Teel. We use the Colcock-Teel house as an event space (we also own the live oak grove across from the house), and we store our archives there.
Last year Katie and I came up with some ideas for programs we could do over the summer. We had an archaeology program, candle-making class, and a scavenger hunt. The summer was a success and all the summer camps that came to the Heyward House seemed to enjoy the programs we came up with.
We decided that we shouldn’t limit it to just summer time, so we’ve come up with some dates this fall for an archaeology day and a candle-making class. The programs are open to adults and children ages 5 & up.
The public archaeology day will be held on October 18th from 10-12 pm. There will be two sessions for the archaeology, each lasting about an hour. $5 per adult and children under 18 are $3. Please call to sign up for the archaeology program by October 17th.
The candle-making class will be held on November 7th from 1-2 pm. Scented or non-scented candles can be made using 19th Century techniques. $6 per adult and children under 18 are $4. Please call to sign up for the candle-making class by November 6th.
If you are interested in these programs or want to know what else we have going on, just give us a call! 843-757-6293
It’s been a busy morning here at the Heyward House. We’ve already had over 15 people and it’s only 11 am! Can you believe it? 8 people wanted to take tours this morning, right at 10 am! That’s pretty amazing in our book. 🙂 We love that people are interested in the history of our little town. We have a pretty rich history, if I do say so myself!
Depending on the morning that we have, we can determine what the day is going to be like. So I think it is safe to say that a busy morning will mean that we will have a busy day. I think the rest of this year is going to be rather busy. We’ve had some school groups already schedule school days, hotels scheduling tour days for their guests, and people calling about tours!
We cannot wait for fall!!! It looks like it is going to be a good season ahead!
This is Alyssa, social media guru for the Heyward House Historic Center. It was decided that a blog should be started for the Heyward House to documents the goings-on at the house. I will try to blog daily about things that are going on here, and trust me quite a lot happens around here!
The Heyward House Historic Center is a house museum and official welcome center in Bluffton South Carolina. We are a town located between Beaufort and Hilton Head, if you have gone to Hilton Head you have driven through Bluffton. The Heyward House is located in the heart of Old Town Bluffton, the 1 square mile historic district. The house is one of eight homes and two churches that survive from the antebellum period. Little known fact about Bluffton: The Town was burned on June 4, 1863 by the Union Navy. (No, Sherman didn’t come through here.)
We’ve got a lot of history, and I will be happy to share it with the folks that read this blog. Stay tuned!