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Historic Beaufort

 

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 of sand, oyster shells and water. Oyster shells were burned to create the binding agent […]

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 time was also spent in their New Street residence in downtown Beaufort. B.B. Sams Houses: […]

Dedication of Historic Monuments

Jan. 20, 2013 |  Beaufort’s dedication of historical markers was hosted by TriCentennial Committee members Kevin Cuppia and Mayor Billy Keyserling. Bishop Alden Hathaway read the Beaufort Birthday Prayer which mentions many notable events and people of our town’s past and present. The “Beaufort 300” presented City Council with a framed copy of the prayer to hang in City Hall. Kevin Cuppia: “It was about three years ago when I […]

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, a deacon saved the silver for the communion and put it between his bed and […]

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 Tribune wrote in December 1861, “The splendor of the houses and furniture and the beauty […]

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 wine, a loaf of bread and a pickax. Should I wake up and find myself […]

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 Ocean. Edward Barnwell was the grandson of Col. John Barnwell “Tuscarora Jack,” an Indian fighter […]

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 the hungry soldiers. Lucius Cuthbert came from the wealthy, rice-planting lineage of Richfield Plantation (now […]

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 house prior to the Civil War, and he was considered one of Beaufort’s wealthiest […]

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 it was destroyed in World War II.) The Beaufort house is built of brick and […]

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