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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Historic Bluffton.


Whilst staying in Hilton Head last month we were delighted to discover that the 8th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival was taking place and that the highlight of the event, the Streetfest was happening on our 33rd wedding anniversary!




"Located just across the bridge from Hilton Head Island, Bluffton is a quaint, charming town. Antebellum homes, historic churches and unique shops line the moss-shaded streets of Bluffton's downtown historic district, offering a taste of Lowcountry living. Bluffton, a town whose name refers to its location atop a scenic bluff along the May River.
source: Visit Bluffton.




Calhoun Street in the heart of Old Town Bluffton, is lined with beautiful old homes and antique emporiums, it leads down to the May River and was the place to be on this beautiful, sunny day.



We had an enjoyable time browsing the booths of over 100 hundred local and regional artists and saw some wonderful pottery, ceramics, water colours and photography.


Many local restaurants were also there serving wonderful low country cuisine and seafood specialty dishes.

The Church of the Cross, at the foot of Calhoun Street was consecrated in 1857, the rose coloured glass in the windows came from England.
When Federal troops marched into Bluffton in 1863 they burned most of the town but spared the church, services resumed in 1870.
Since 1975 The Church if the Cross has been listed on The National Register of Historic Places.


Later, we took a one hour guided cruise along the May River.


Sadly, no dolphins came out to see us, but we enjoyed learning about the Bluffton Oyster Factory, seeing some of the nearby islands and learning a little of the area's history from our very informative Outside Hilton Head guide.


Joining Smiling Sally for Blue Monday.
.Smiling Sally

13 comments:

Sonia said...

Your photos are just beautiful! I would like to go there sometime..looks peaceful and so pretty.
Miss Bloomers

vicki said...

Maggie-- we have never been to Bluffton but it looks so charming!! How lucky were you to make the festival! A great way to celebrate your anniversary!! I'm so glad that your trip was so wonderful--- I can see why!
Vicki

Sheila said...

Happy Anniversary! That must have been a really fun day - just browsing and enjoying the atmosphere. Glad you had such a nice event to enjoy as you celebrated your anniversary in the southern sunshine!

Luna Miranda said...

your photos are beautiful! i love the quaint buildings.
congratulations on your 33rd wedding anniversary.

Pie said...

Wonderful pics! My Blues are here and here.

bj said...

Congrats on your anniversary. :)

Beautiful photos of a lovely place.
Happy Blues, bj

SmilingSally said...

Thanks for sharing. Happy Anniversary.

I look forward to reading your comment on my blog.

Happy Blue Monday, Maggie.

sandy said...

Enjoyed your charming photos! It looks like you had such a wonderful time there. I know I would have!

Sandy ;)

Ann said...

Happy Anniversary congrats!! This town looks so charming, I could get lost in all those quaint shops. Lots of beautiful blue rustin gems.
Ann

Riet said...

Happy anniversary Maggie. I can see you had a wonderful time in SC.
Have a nice week.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy belated anniversary! I've never been to Hilton Head and now my interest is piqued. I love visiting historical places and browsing for crafts and original art works. This looks like a wonderful area to visit!

LV said...

Looks like a great place to browse on your anniversary. Best wishes.

Rebecca @ FreakyFrugalite said...

Beautiful photos! The landscape seems so foreign and tropical, hard to believe it's SC!

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