Old Town Bluffton is at the heart of the Lowcountry. When you drive through Old Town Bluffton you will notice right away it’s a bustling and charming town. Park for free and walk the area so you can have brunch, walk down Calhoun Street, check out art galleries, museums, art studios, and fantastic restaurants. In addition, you will find historic charming museum houses. Make the most of your vacation time by visiting the places we recommend in Old Town Bluffton.
The Corner Perk (see above) is a stylish coffee shop offering espresso drinks made from house beans, plus tea and smoothies. Have a delightful meal or a Sunday brunch at their outdoor seating. The food, service, ambiance and staff are all exceptional.
The Cottage (located on Calhoun Street) was built in 1868 by J.J. Carson. He was known for his bravery in saving the life of General Stonewall Jackson during the Civil War battle of Chancellorsville. Today, the award-winning Cottage serves fresh, scrumptious breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea and dinner. The pastries, breads, pies, and cakes are absolutely delicious! The Cottage Café is ideal for indoor or outdoor dining, as well as small parties and events.
Calhoun Street Gallery
The Calhoun Street Art Gallery is a part of the historic Old Town Bluffton. Incorporated in 1852, visitors enjoy learning of its history that includes the American Yemassee Indians and vigorous Civil War activities. The gallery is a charming place and has an artistic focus featuring many local works and it’s also a storefront. You will see valuable antiques, wall hangings, ladies’ handbags, and so much more.
The Farmer’s Market is a weekly community event where locals and tourists gather not only to buy excellent produce but also to enjoy delicious food, listen to entertainment, and relax with friends. As you walk through the market, you will find community causes and local information about the Bluffton area. Open weekly on Thursdays from 1- 5 p.m.
The Heyward House is the official Welcome Center for the town of Bluffton. The home was built by enslaved West Africans in 1841. You will find maps, brochures for area businesses, get a taste of the culture, and the history of the town. The property is one of only eight antebellum homes remaining in the Lowcountry coastal town. In 1998, the home was purchased by the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society and opened to the public for field trips and events.
Do you have that independent spirit? If so, you’ve come to the right town. The independent spirit is known locally as “The Bluffton State of Mind.” Visitors can pick up a Bluffton walking tour map from the museum which leads you through the town’s nationally registered historic district. There are many beautiful old structures to see on this self-guided tour including two of the oldest standing churches in South Carolina, The Church of the Cross (located at the end of Calhoun Street on the right) and The Campbell Chapel AME Church.
Wright Family Park
As you walk to the end of Calhoun Street, you will see The Wright Family Park on the left. It was renovated for locals and guests to enjoy. You can bike, walk around the grounds, sit at a park bench or have a picnic with your family. You can also check out the pier while watching boats go by or try fishing. Take your camera because you can capture amazing scenic moments and may even spot a dolphin swimming by!
If you are looking for that southern charm, make sure you visit Old Town Bluffton.