Category Archives: Beaufort

Poisonous Snakes and Spiders in Beaufort South Carolina

I was visiting with a friend in Beaufort, South Carolina over the weekend when he received a phone call from his colleague.  He was supposed to go repair his pick-up; however, due to the fellow being struck on the hand by a rattle snake, repairs on the vehicle were put on hold. This little incident, though […]

Thomas Hepworth House

At the time of Beaufort’s founding in 1711, trade with the local natives, mainly the Yemassee Indians, was a major source of income for the settlers- especially in deerskin. Native Americans were paid for the skins with British goods and supplies, but of course the deer population soon diminished in the Lowcountry. Indians were enslaved […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

“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 […]

No-see-ums: Scourge of Beaufort

You are enjoying a warm and sunny Saturday morning watching your child’s game on the bleachers when you are swarmed by tiny, hungry little gnats. The bites leave white swollen dots surrounded by irritated red skin. Sand gnats are blood-sucking insects that live in sandy and moist areas like we have here on the marshy […]