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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 […]

Home of an Actress, a Witch Doctor and a Poet

The Edward Barnwell-Geddes Dowling House (1405 Bay Street) During the Civil War, Union soldiers set up a signal station on the roof of Edward Barnwell’s house. It is located on the bluff of Bay Street- the perfect vantage point for the soldiers to make communications through the passageway of Port Royal Sound to the Atlantic […]

Civil War Bakery

The Cuthbert-Scheper-Simmer House: 915 Port Republic St. You can almost smell bread baking in the basement kitchen of the house at the corner of Charles and Port Republic Streets. When the Union soldiers took over Beaufort in 1861, Lucius Cuthbert and family evacuated to Aiken, SC, leaving the family house to become a bakery for […]

Confederate Rose

Currently blooming in Beaufort (October): the Confederate Rose has a story behind it. According to DavesGarden.com, “One story relates that the Confederate rose was in bloom during a particularly bloody battle of the Civil War. A slain soldier fell beside a Confederate rose, and his blood spilled into the ground at the base of shrub. […]

Civil War Graffiti in the Elliott House

George Parsons Elliott built the mansion located on the corner of Bay and Charles Streets (1001 Bay Street) in circa 1844. Guests passed by elegant iron railings and entered through the lovely fanlit doorway to admire the detail-oriented opulence of the interior: breathtaking marble mantels and heavenly gilded cornices and moldings. Dr. William Jenkins acquired […]

The “Castle” in Beaufort, SC

On December 5, 1859, a home builder in Beaufort named J.S. Cooper began construction on the property of Dr. Joseph Fickling Johnson at 411 Craven Street. It can be assumed that this project was to be a masterpiece, designed like a house that existed in England. (Sadly, we cannot see the sister mansion today because […]

Ain't No Coward

“I ain’t no coward,” Tommy thought to himself. There was absolutely no way that he was going to lose his five dollars to anyone like Cole Pinckney. “I won’t give him the satisfaction anyways,” he muttered to himself as he walked slowly down the dark misty corridor of live oaks. Somehow the Spanish moss made […]

Historic Homes of Beaufort SC: Video

The coastal town of Beaufort SC, a historic gem nestled in the heart of the Lowcountry has beautiful antebellum homes dating back to the pre civil war period. Many of Beaufort’s older historical architectural marvels are privately owned but can be toured during the Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens October 26th through October 28th.  

“Tuscarora Jack” Barnwell- Founder of Beaufort, SC

In 1701, thirty-year-old John Barnwell grew restless with his privileged life in Dublin, Ireland, and sailed the Atlantic for the English colony called Charles Town. A family friend from home, alderman John Page, commented about his leaving: “out of a humor to goe and travel but for no other Reasson.”[1] But there was reason enough […]

Edward Means House – 604 Pinckney Street, Beaufort

    Built in: 1855-1857 Progress on the construction of this brick mansion between 1855 and 1857 is documented by surviving correspondence between Means and Franklin Talbird, who supervised its construction. On 13 December 1855 Talbird wrote: The roof of your house is boarded and ready for the tinner…. and by 3 January 1857 he […]