Historic plantation on Kiawah tour

The rarely seen Vanderhorst house will be on the CSOL tour Saturday.

The restored Vanderhorst Mansion, with its antique touches, will be among residences seen during the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League’s annual Island House Tour Saturday.

The plantation house, built in 1802, and four new homes will be toured during a fundraiser to benefit the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and to pay for music scholarships.

Gen. Arnoldus Vanderhorst, Revolutionary War hero, Charleston mayor and South Carolina governor, built the historic plantation house, now restored and open for special events, says Carolyn Witte CSOL spokeswoman. The mansion will provide an interesting contrast to other homes on the tour that reflect the latest architectural and interior design, she says.

The other homes on tour each has unique characteristics, Witte says. One has many decks and a sleek architectural feel. Another is a Mediterranean-style mansion. There’s an English Arts and Crafts style home. And there’s one whose privacy is afforded by an incomparable lush natural setting.

CSOL scholarship recipients and CSO musicians will provide music in the homes on tour, Witte said.

Guests will have light refreshments at the homes, discounts at restaurants and stores and two free concerts at Kiawah Island’s Freshfields Village.

The first free concert on Village Green will feature Kidzymphony, budding musicians from Meeting Street Academy’s kindergarten and first grade, and the Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry.

The event will conclude with a second free CSO concert on Village Green.

Reach Wevonneda Minis at 937-5705.