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Top Activities To Do in Beaufort To Wrap Up The Summer

Beaufort is one of South Carolina’s coastal sea islands and is best known for its antebellum mansions and historic destinations. It’s known as a small city arts destination and the local area provides opportunities for water sports and boating. Southern Living calls it an inland coastal gem as it’s just a stone’s throw away from […]

B.B. Sams Family of Datha Island

  The “Sams Empire” Founded on Datha Island William Sams (1741-1798) was the third generation owner of land on Wadmalaw Island (Charleston County) and a very successful planter of indigo.  To escape political tension following the American Revolution, William and his family chose to relocate to Beaufort, SC, a town that was founded by his […]

B.B. Sams Family in Beaufort

Many of Beaufort’s sea island planters in the 17 and 1800’s also owned town houses where they would live during the summer social season or visit while attending to business. In the first half of the 17th century, the family of Berners Barnwell “B.B.” Sams was very fond of their home on Datha Island, but much […]

Beaufort’s Mosaic Windows

Previous to the Civil War, the tall building with the prominent white steeple at 911 Craven Street was used as a meeting/lecture/prayer house by members of the Baptist Church of Beaufort (600 Charles Street). The black members preserved a lot of what was in the church when Beaufort was occupied by Union soldiers. For example, […]

The Anchorage House

The Anchorage House is believed to have been built prior to the Revolutionary War, but it’s impossible to determine the actual year of construction. Elaborate Corinthian style columns and haint blue ceilings impress onlookers at 1103 Bay Street in Beaufort SC. As was common in the 1700’s, the building is composed of tabby concrete, a mixture […]

Wally’s Spanish Mackerel

Ingredients 6 FILLETS (can substitute Spade Fish, Flounder, etc.) Lemon Juice Salt and Pepper to taste Paprika 1 cup flour seasoned with salt, pepper, oregano, and basil ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (do not substitute, as other cooking oils do not impart the same flavor.) Preparation Lay fish out on a platter and sprinkle […]

Sometimes, A Glimpse is All We Need…

Bobcat

Recently, I was at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, just a short distance from Beaufort, SC for a half day of wildlife photography and slowly cruising along the wildlife drive, looking for anything to photograph.  This wildlife refuge is truly one of our Lowcountry treasures and, as a naturalist and wildlife photographer, it is a […]

Fall Colors in Beaufort

November is coming to a close in Beaufort, SC, and the Japanese Green Maple Tree on Craven Street is showcasing its dashing fall colors. This particular tree is featured on The Beaufort Tree Walk, a self-guided tour from the Lady’s Island Garden Club. According to the handbook, the Japanese Maple thrives in partially shaded locations. […]

Cobwebs…or Spanish Moss?

The Edward Means house, (604 Pinckney Street in the Old Point Neighborhood) was built in the mid-1850’s by Franklin Talbird, and its finery includes fancy interior woodwork, marble mantels, and an extraordinary floating spiral staircase. During the Civil War, it was used as Union Hospital number 2. A war correspondent for the New York Daily […]

How to Bury Dr. Perry

Many residents of Beaufort feared the possibility of being buried alive. Apparently, during a bad sickness, a patient’s breathing could become so shallow that they appeared to have passed away. Knowing this, Dr. Perry built this above-ground tomb in St. Helena’s graveyard and instructed his relatives, “If I pass away, bury me with a jug of […]