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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 […]

Hunting Island State Park

This popular park near Historic Beaufort is a large secluded barrier island with semi-tropical beauty and an abundance of wildlife. A variety of flora and fauna may be seen throughout the park. The historic 19th-century Hunting Island lighthouse provides an excellent view of the coastline and is the only lighthouse in South Carolina open to the public. […]

Local Festival Guide

There are many reasons to celebrate in Beaufort, South Carolina, and the neighboring sea islands and communities that make up the Lowcountry. For starters, a rich history has left a legacy of historic houses and grand plantations. The coastal scenery delights and kind weather lets gardens bloom year round. Our residents love to share their […]

The Beaufort Arsenal Museum

The Beaufort Arsenal Museum is located on 713 Craven Street in Beaufort, South Carolina. Many relics of nature, war and early industry are housed there. Once an arsenal, this building was constructed in 1798 of brick and tabby. Construction of the Beaufort Arsenal was begun in 1795 and was completed by 1799. Construction was entrusted […]

African American History

In Beaufort, a picturesque old port town is located on Port Royal Island, one of 64 Sea Isles, which make up Beaufort County. This area is known as the South Carolina Low Country. It is 45 minutes north of Hilton Head Island and 1½ hour south of Charleston. Founded in 1711, Beaufort is the second […]

John Mark Verdier House

This prominent Federal style mansion was built circa 1801 by by John Mark Verdier 1 (1759-1827), a local merchant and planter, on land which before the American Revolution belonged to another merchant, Francis Stuart. Verdier’s fortunes reflected the changing economics of Beaufort’s merchant class, rising to great stature and wealth before the Revolution as a […]

The Old Sheldon Church

Old Sheldon Church Ruins… (the Prince William Parish Church) Originally built between 1745 – 1757 of brick and tabby. The church was destroyed in May of 1779 by British troops under the command of General Augustine Provost, rebuilt, and subsequently ruined by General William Tecumseh Sherman’s troops in 1865. Additional Information       [mappress […]