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Park grounds are open daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. House museum tours are held: Mar.-Oct., daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Nov.-Feb. Thursday through Monday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The house is only accessible by guided tour. Tour times are subject to change; please call the park for further information.


Daily, 4 - 5 p.m.

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Grounds are free. House tours: $5 age 16+, $3 SC Senior, $4 age 6-15, children under 5 are free. Groups of 15 or more, please contact park to make reservation for house tour.

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Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet.

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1 historic mansion – home of “Secession Governor” William Henry Gist family during the 1800s

1858 the year William Henry Gist became Governor of South Carolina

100 varieties of heirloom roses are thought to have been found at the aptly named Rose Hill

4 magnolia trees in the gardens at the front of the mansion and are thought to be nearly 200 years old

2.5 miles of hiking trails

1960 the year when the South Carolina State Park Service acquired the property

3 house tours daily Thursday- Monday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Tour times are subject to change.

44 acres – although currently only 44 acres, the plantation once totaled nearly 2000 acres in the 1800s

1 visit that you’ll never forget!

Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site


Top 5 Things To Do

  1. Take a guided tour of the Gist Mansion, former home of "Secession Governor" William H. Gist. 
  2. During the warmer months, treat your senses to a walk through the formal gardens that surround the mansion. 
  3. Tread gently back in time as you explore the Gist family cemetery. 
  4. Look for birds and other wildlife along our half-mile Nature Trail that begins near the picnic shelter.  
  5. Swing over to the picnic shelter and have yourself an old-fashioned picnic.