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Posted: 10/03/2017

Bluffton Historical Preservation Society

The Society was founded in 1981 by W. Hunter Saussy and a small group of Bluffton residents. Many were descendants of the early families of the town and area. The first constitution of the BHPS simply stated the objective: "To bring together people interested in history, and especially in the history of Bluffton and its vicinity." In the beginning, the initial work of the Society entailed research and the marking of historical buildings, sites, and monuments. 27 were identified and so marked. In 1996 the Bluffton Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1997 the Caldwell Award was created. It was named for Ben and Betsy Caldwell, founders and officers in 1981, the award honors exceptional examples of historic preservation. In 1998 the Society purchased the Cole-Heyward House on Boundary Street to provide a showcase for historical restoration and preservation. Each year thousands of residents and visitors learn about the history and culture of Bluffton at this house museum and official welcome center. In 1999 we worked closely with the local Town Council to gain passage of the Historic Preservation Ordinance and the creation of an Historic Protection Overlay District within the original one square mile of Bluffton. Today our Society is involved in preservation, restoration, and education. We're in our second quarter-century of leadership.

Historical Interpreter
Professional Opportunity
Bluffton, SC

Job Opportunity- Help Present Blufftons History to Visitors! 

The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society is seeking a part-time Historical Interpreter to maintain and operate the Garvin-Garvey Freedmans Cottage, a newly restored property associated with the Gullah Geechee heritage that sits on the high bluff at Oyster Factory Park. The new interpreter will be responsible for, but not limited to; learning the history of the house and local area; scheduling and providing house tours; coordinating docent guided house tours; assisting the BHPS Staff with administrative tasks. The new interpreter will have exceptional customer service skills, and be a team-player who works well with volunteers and the public. The ideal candidate will have an interest in history, effective communication skills, storytelling skills, and must be able to adapt to a changing work environment. The ideal candidate will have a high school diploma, or GED and moderate experience in a history related field, experience working in a museum environment, or experience leading tour groups. Applicants must be available three days a week, 9:00-5:00, preferably Tuesday and Thursday with a flex day. Some weekend availability is required as tour schedules will vary week to week. 

For more information about the Garvin-Garvey Cottage and its history please visit:



Job Type: Part-Time (up to 25 hours/week) 

Education and Experience: High school diploma or GED. Moderate experience in a history related field, experience working in a museum environment, or experience leading tour groups.

Physical Requirements: This work may require the exertion of up to 10 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 25 pounds of force; work regularly requires standing for tours, speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle of feel and repetitive motions and occasionally requires sitting, walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, reaching with hands and arms, pushing or pulling and lifting; work requires a person to see to lead a tour and to observe general surroundings and activities; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word levels; work may require preparing and analyzing written or computer data; work may have exposure to environmental conditions; work is generally in a location that will be in a minimally noisy location.

Special Requirements: Possession of an appropriate drivers license valid in the State of South Carolina.


Starting Salary: $10.00/hour 

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Qualified candidates should submit their resume to katie@heywardhouse.org or mail to: Katie Epps PO Box 742 Bluffton, SC 29910, with a brief written description of your past experience and how this makes you qualified.
Katie Epps
Phone: (843) 757-6293
70 Boundary Street
PO Box 742
Bluffton, SC 29910

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