This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
Bluffton, South Carolina
SITUATED HIGH ON A BLUFF was hit hard by pre-war tariffs levied 1863. When the dust settled, dozens
overlooking the May River, Bluffton by the federal government on South- of churches, homes and other build-
continues to be one of South Caroli- ern shipping ports. By 1844, planters ings were all but gone.
na’s fastest growing small towns. The felt they had suffered enough. They Today, Bluffton is a thriving com-
population has nearly doubled since gathered at what is now known as munity of more than 2,300 residents.
the 2000 census, largely due to the the Secession Oak to discuss seceding The town attracts people of vastly
temperate climate, affordable housing from the Union. Sixteen years later, different backgrounds and occupa-
and low cost of living. tions, from artists to scientists, many
At one time a tiny community, of them seeing Bluffton as a more
the recent annexation of 32,000 acres
“Sportsmen will enjoy
affordable alternative to the higher-
made Bluffton the fifth largest town
in South Carolina by land area. Most
Bluffton’s proximity
priced housing in nearby Hilton
Head Island and Savannah. This
of that land is still being developed,
but government officials and resi-
to both freshwater and
growth has contributed to the open-
ing of retail, grocery and restaurant
dents are committed to maintaining
saltwater fishing. ...”
chains, along with many golf courses.
the town’s rich historic heritage. Sportsmen will enjoy Bluffton’s
Settled in 1825, Bluffton was a proximity to both freshwater and
popular vacation spot for wealthy rice in 1860, South Carolina became the saltwater fishing, while landlubbers
and cotton planters intent on escap- first state to declare its independence can choose from a variety of activi-
ing the heat and insects rampant in from the United States. ties, such as golf on one of the two
nearby Savannah, Georgia. Because of It was the town’s long-standing dozen nearby courses. Bluffton is
its prime deep-water location nearly reputation for secessionist rhetoric just a short drive from the beaches,
20 miles up river, Bluffton quickly that led to its complete destruction fine dining and shopping available in
gained importance as a shipping chan- at the hands of an overwhelming Hilton Head Island and the historic
nel–even more so than Savannah–and force of Union soldiers on June 4, city of Savannah.
At A Glance
Bluffton, SC
Population: 1,275
Average Temp: 75 F
Average Age: 36
Nearest Hospital:
Hilton Head Hospital
Nearest Major Airport:
Savannah/Hilton Head
International Airport
Bluffton Info:
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton
Chamber of Commerce

www.hiltonheadIsland.org
(843) 785-3673
www.RetiringToSouthCarolina.com I www.HotRetirementTowns.com I www.CoastalRetirementTowns.com
37_BlufftonSC.indd 37 1/14/08 4:13:40 PM
Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110
Produced with Yudu - www.yudu.com