Because the rich land owners gathered here many political discussions took place. Now we all know South Carolina is where the Civil War began, but Bluffton, not Charleston is probably where the talk of secession took hold first. Discussions about secession took place as early as 1844. When war did in fact break out, and Hilton Head Island and Beaufort were occupied by The Union families vacated Bluffton. Bluffton was utilized by Confederate Pickets as a base to spy on Union activities.
Thomas Heyward was a signer of The Declaration
as well as The Articles of The Confederacy.