Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it, which explains why every high-school student that fails a pop quiz on Colonial America is forced to become a Revolutionary War re-enactor. Explore the past and avoid cumbersome costumes with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a walking tour for two through the Heyward House and Bluffton Historic District from the Heyward House Historic Center in Bluffton, South Carolina (a $30 value). Tours are available by appointment Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Beneath the lush verdure of live oak canopies draped in Spanish moss, the Heyward House joins the Bluffton National Historic District to form an important hub of antebellum and Civil War history. First, experienced guides lead pairs of friends, spouses, or seesaw partners through a 30-minute exploration of the Heyward House, a Carolina farmhouse-style building framed with as many white columns as a Greek temple impersonating a bank. Built circa 1840 for the young bride of the Moreland plantation, the antebellum summer home shelters antique furniture, dresses, and dolls. Behind the manse, an original slave cabin stands as a glum testament to the structure's roots in slave labor.
Next, share a one-hour guided walking tour of the Bluffton National Historic District. Informative strolls trace the town's annals from the early 1800s onward, spanning the rice and cotton plantations of yesteryear to the oyster trade beginning at the turn of the century. Reconstruction-era homes hint at the burning of Bluffton by Union forces during the Civil War with whispered asides from shuttered windows, and expansive porches drip with as many rocking chairs as a porcupine farmer has thimbles. After wandering near the windswept bluffs of the May River, the flower box–lined streets of Old Town Bluffton serve up a collection of charming shops for tour-goers to explore.
70 Boundary St.
Bluffton, South Carolina 29910