Author Archives: Bonnie Drew

Opening of St. Helena Branch Library

October 17, 2012— St. Helena’s new library is “more than a library, it’s a destination,” says David Coleman, project manager. A sign welcomes me in traditional island Gullah, “We be glad fa see oonah,” which translates, “We are glad to see you.” The brand-new St. Helena Branch Library has been in the works for three […]

Beaufort Online Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

Beaufort Online is featuring a pink background this month in honor of October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we are impressed by other media outlets that show their support. As reported by, even the NFL proves that they are manly enough to wear pink: “The idea of NFL players wearing pink, pioneered by […]

Wine Wednesday at Rose Hill Mansion

Robin White, proprietor, graciously invited guests into the anti-bellum, Gothic Revival style home for the launch of Wine Wednesday. Rose Hill Mansion was built for Dr. John Kirk and his wife Caroline in 1858 on land now called Rose Hill Plantation (now a gated community) in Bluffton, SC. Eighty-five guests enjoyed touring five rooms of […]

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 […]

Christopher Columbus Discovered…Pineapples

Pineapples are native to South America, and they were transplanted in the Caribbean by the Carib Indians. While visiting with cannibals on the island of Guadeloupe in 1493, Christopher Columbus declined the cooked human body parts that were offered by his hosts. To prove that he was not a rude explorer, Columbus accepted a piece […]

The Pink Partini

The Pink Partini (Thursday, September 13) was held at Tanger Outlet 1 and  had a great turnout and a wonderful cause: money raised from the Pink Style cards was donated to the Keyserling Cancer Center at Beaufort Memorial Hospital for local Breast Cancer research. Providing dance music for the event was DJ Bob Bradley with […]

Bully Proof Your Child at Beaufort MMA

How does a parent in this day and age equip their children to defend themselves against bullies? More often than not, children are at the mercy of stronger, older children who can be both physically and emotionally offensive. Worst case scenarios have tragic outcomes for the victims including suicide and violence. Like Columbine, after years […]

Eliza Lucas Pinckney: South Carolina Botanist

Eliza Lucas was born in 1722 on the island of Antigua in the West Indies. She was sent to Europe for her education, but in 1739, returned and was put in charge of her father’s indigo plantation located “upon the Wappoo, a salt creek connecting the Ashley with the Stono, and only separated from the […]

Haint Blue Ceilings

By Bonnie Drew |  Haint blue is the pale blue color you will often see on the porch ceilings in historic Beaufort. “Haint” is the Gullah pronunciation for “haunt,” or spirit. Caught between life and death, these frustrated spirits would find a dwelling to haunt if not for one weakness: they cannot cross water. Tricked […]