Category Archives: Noteworthy Beaufortonians

Beaufort’s Wild Marsh Ponies: Before and After Human Intervention

BOL Exclusive Follow-Up with Susan Trogdon: Knowing the passion that my best friend and I have for paddling and wildlife, someone asked if I had ever seen Beaufort’s wild marsh ponies. We did our research and kayaked the difficult waters in hopes of seeing them. Our first trip was early last year, and as we got closer, […]

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 […]

Local Youth Join International Weightlifting Team

Congratulations to Team Beaufort Olympic Weight Lifting! Talent runs in the family- brothers Omar & CJ Cummings are heading to Tashkent, Uzbekistan to be a part of the U.S. Boys Team for the 2013 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Youth World Championships, April 13, 2013. The team consists of the top 8 lifters in the nation (ages […]

Battery Creek’s Wrestling Standout

In the South, high school wrestling is not usually regarded as highly as football, baseball, or basketball. But to wrestlers, it is the only sport that matters. Unlike most team sports, wrestling puts full responsibility on the individual athlete which can go a long way in developing character in young men and women.  (Forbes.com recently […]

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, […]

Local Shrimp Boat’s Claim to Fame

Hollywood arrived in Beaufort in 1993, scouting for just the right size shrimp boat to appear in the movie Forrest Gump. Filming equipment required roomy side decks, but they did not want the boat to be too big. Miss Sherri was just right, built locally by Kerry Abraham and named after his daughter. For the […]

“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 […]

Nancy Owen & Night Creatures at Hunting Island

Nancy “Maudy” Owen is currently caring for four owls and three bats, all part of Turtle Spring Farm which is “devoted to the care, rehabilitation and release of injured, orphaned or sick raptors and bats and to the education of humans regarding the importance of predators in nature.” This program, “Creatures of the Night Plus […]