Bluffton is much older than Hilton Head. American Yemassee Indians first settled here. It’s on the mainland in the southern portion of Beaufort County, perched on the high bluff overlooking the May River. It was incorporated as a town in 1852. Then during the Civil War it was shelled and burned. The remaining structures which are preserved today include seven private homes in the town’s historic district. Also, the Church of the Cross was left standing, albeit with the image of burned wood still marring the structure. The Heyward House which survived the war is preserved as an example of an 1840s farmhouse and is the town’s welcome center.
Bluffton played an important role in the Revolutionary War, as South Carolina hosted more skirmishes than any other state.
Great restaurants, galleries and eclectic boutiques are within a few miles of easy walking or driving distance. from the historic downtown. These are especially inviting during annual street festivals. Major outlet malls also invite several hours of shopping.
Bluffton was named on Forbes magazine’s recent list of 25 best places to retire.