The groundbreaking for Wright Family Park, held Aug. 20, 2019, took place in front of the Squire Pope Carriage House. The house is set to be rehabilitated by the Town of Bluffton in the next few years.

Town of Bluffton will host its sixth annual Historic Preservation Symposium at 5:30 p.m. May 27 at Town Hall’s auditorium, 20 Bridge St. 

The symposium, “Squire Pope Carriage House: Discovering the Past, Planning for the Future,” will feature the history of the Squire Pope Carriage House and the Town’s preservation plan.

The Squire Pope Carriage House, built around 1850, is one of the few structures in the Bluffton Historic District to survive the 1863 “Burning of Bluffton” by the Union Army during the Civil War.

The house, located adjacent to the Town’s Wright Family Park, will be rehabilitated by the Town in next few years.

“The Wright Family Park and the Squire Pope Carriage House are showcases of Bluffton’s best cultural traits,” said Mayor Lisa Sulka. “It is a place where people can experience Bluffton’s natural beauty and history. This symposium will give us the depth of history of this property as well as the varied stories and the personalities of the people who lived in the Squire Pope house.” 

Featured speakers will be Preservation Architect Betty Prime, Architectural Conservator Kalen McNabb and Historic Materials Specialist Filmore Wilson. 

All speakers work at Charleston-based Meadors, Inc, a historic preservation design firm. The team will share special insight of Bluffton’s history and the Squire Pope Carriage House as well as review their participation in the Garvin-Garvey House, the last freedman’s house on the May River. The Town rehabilitated the Garvin-Garvey House in 2017.

This event is free to attend; however, in recognition of social distance protocols, an RSVP is required to reserve a seat. Seating is limited and will be designated on a first come, first serve basis. 

For those unable to attend in person, the event will be streamed on the Town’s Facebook page.

To RSVP call 843-706-4500, or email kpeterson@townofbluffton.com.

The event will begin with a Meet and Greet with representatives of local historic preservation organizations at 5:30 p.m. The speaker presentations will begin at 6 p.m. Both segments of the symposium will be held at Town Hall, however, only the presentation will be streamed live.

For more information, contact Katie Peterson via email at kpeterson@townofbluffton.com or by telephone at 843-706-4574.