Bluffton Historic District

Roughly bounded by the May River, Huger Cove, and Bridge St., Bluffton, South Carolina


Seven Oaks

Constructed: ca. 1850

Photo taken by Michael Miller in May 2015




The Bluffton Historic District is significant as a commercial center in Southern Beaufort County between 1880 and 1930, and due to the cohesiveness and clear identity of the architecture comprising the district. The Bluffton Historic District spans the years 1815 to 1945 and includes 46 buildings of both residential and commercial architecture and two natural landscape features that contribute to the districtís historic character and 17 buildings that do not contribute. The historic buildings are largely vernacular, but some houses demonstrate elements of the Queen Anne, Craftsman, and Colonial Revival styles. Most of the buildings are one- to two-story frames structures with brick pier foundations and full-width one-story porches. Most of the houses are small in scale; exteriors are commonly weatherboard and decorative features are minimal. Historic contexts represented within the Bluffton Historic District include: the Antebellum Resort Era (1815-1860), Civil War and Reconstruction (1860-1880), and Commercial Growth and Decline (1880-1945). The size and scale of the architecture, the paucity of antebellum resources, and the distinctive mixture of residential and commercial structures all reflect these historic contexts within the district. Listed in the National Register June 21, 1996. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 21, 1996
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian: Queen Anne; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; American Movement
Areas of significance
Architecture; Commerce
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Department store; Natural feature; Manufacturing facility; Religious structure
Current functions
Single dwelling; Specialty store; Natural feature; Manufacturing facility; Religious structure
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1825-1849; 1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 46
Contributing sites: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 17

Update Log 

  • May 28, 2015: New photo from Michael Miller
  • April 17, 2015: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • August 15, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • June 16, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description"