Calendar of Events

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, November 05, 2019
    • Saturday, November 09, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • The Arsenal Conference Room, 713 Craven Street Beaufort, SC 29902

    Beaufort History Museum is offering docent classes to train volunteers who lead museum tours and serve as community liaisons.

    Directed by docent educator Lorrie Burleyknoles, the classes will teach participants how Beaufort shaped America from the early European settlements, its involvement in the Revolutionary War and dramatic role during the Civil War to the Reconstruction Era, the complex transition to the 20th Century, and its current-day prominence as a major tourist destination and site of military training and defense.

    The training curriculum will cover all stages of Beaufort’s 500-year history as educators impart knowledge of the Museum’s collection, including artifacts and photos, and it’s mission. Once Docents have completed training, they will be asked to serve up to three shifts per month and commit to a one-year period of service.

    Classes will be held at the the historic Arsenal at 713 Craven Street.  Space in the class is limited, and those interested in attending these sessions are encouraged to register early.  Box lunches are included!


    • Must be a member of BHM in good standing.
    • Must be able to commit to 3-4 three hour volunteer sessions a month, for 12 months.
    • Must have interest in sharing Beaufort history to a diverse group of guests who visit the Museum.


    • Working w like-minded history enthusiasts,
    • Having the opportunity to share ideas with guests from the US and many foreign countries,
    • Advanced Docent Trainings quarterly, including special speakers and field trips.

    For more information on the Docent program, or other volunteer opportunities with the Museum, contact:

    Tom Kelley:   or 

    Laurie Burleyknoles:

    • Thursday, November 07, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Beaufort Branch Library Meeting Room, 311 Scott St, Beaufort, SC 29902
    • 80
    Registration is closed

    HOLD THE DATE!  Registration opens on October 24th...

    We are delighted that Dave Smoot has agreed to share his expertise regarding military history. He's going to concentrate on the munitions used by the Union and Confederates on that fateful day that led to the Federal occupation of Beaufort and Hilton Head for the duration of the Civil War and into the Reconstruction Era.

    The Battle of Port Royal Sound was one of the earliest naval operations of the Civil War. On November 7, 1861, a massive U. S. Naval fleet and U. S. Army expeditionary force sailed into Port Royal Sound and captured Fort Walker on Hilton Head and Fort Beauregard on Bay Point/St. Helena Island, SC. It was the "largest fleet ever assembled by the United States" up to that date and forever changed the trajectory of Beaufort's history.

    The battle is sometimes referred to as "The Big Gun Shoot" though previous programs on the topic have tended to focus more on the general history of the event rather than on the weaponry and tactics used during the engagement. This free program will rectify that oversight.

    Dave Smoot's focus will be on the heavy artillery of the battle: What big guns are doing the shooting and why? Were the munitions equally effective? Why or why not? Why were some Confederate guns facing the wrong way? Was it a "fair" fight? The answers to these questions and more will be revealed within the lecture.


    Dave Smoot has been doing history for most of his life. He recently retired from his position as the Museum Technician at Parris Island Museum working with Dr. Stephen Wise to curate the story of the Marines for a decade. He was a curator at the Virginia Living History Museum before relocating to Beaufort. An active re-enactor, he's portrayed Civil War surgeon Dr. Tooms and Civil War doctor, Dr. Meade along with providing other informative and illuminating programs on "The Well Dressed Marine of 1915" and "The South Carolina Constitution of 1865."


    Price of Event: Free

    For more information: Contact the Museum at (843) 379-3079

    • Tuesday, January 07, 2020
    • Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, North Street, Beaufort, SC
    • 150

    HOLD THE DATE!  Details coming soon...

Past events

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 History Lecture Series: Margaret Pickett, author of 'Eliza Lucas Pinckney'
Monday, September 02, 2019 Closed for Hurricane Dorian
Monday, September 02, 2019 Closed for Labor Day
Thursday, July 11, 2019 The Beat Goes On for Beaufort’s Melody Makers
Thursday, May 09, 2019 Celebrating Tourism in Beaufort - Free Admission Day!
Tuesday, May 07, 2019 5th Annual Beaufort History Museum Tea: Pearls of Wisdom
Tuesday, April 09, 2019 History Lecture Series: History and Tales of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Department
Saturday, March 09, 2019 4th Annual Civil War Era Living History Encampment
Wednesday, March 06, 2019 Spring 2019 Docent Training Classes
Thursday, February 07, 2019 History Lecture Series: "William J. Whipper and Jonathan Jasper Wright: Beaufort and South Carolina's First Civil Rights Lawyers" with W. Lewis Burke
Thursday, January 31, 2019 Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 10, 2019 Beaufort in Films, Special Exhibit Opening & Reception
Thursday, November 08, 2018 History Lecture Series: Tombee Revisited - Managing Enslaved Labor on a Sea Island Cotton Plantation
Saturday, October 20, 2018 Open House at the Museum - Free Admission!
Thursday, October 11, 2018 Closed for Hurricane Michael
Tuesday, October 09, 2018 History Lecture Series: Learn About the Yemasee Indians and Altamaha Town with Dr. Eric Poplin
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Closed for Hurricane Florence
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Abraham Lincoln scholar book signing!
Wednesday, July 04, 2018 Closed for July 4th
Saturday, June 30, 2018 2018 Liberty Days - Super Museum Saturday!
Monday, May 21, 2018 Museum Reopens to Public After Complete Renovation!
Tuesday, May 08, 2018 4th Annual Beaufort History Museum Tea: The Language of Libations, Celebrating Sweet Tea, Demon Rum, John Barleycorn, And Carolina Moonshine!
Saturday, May 05, 2018 Museum Closed During Exhibit Gallery Renovation
Friday, April 06, 2018 14th Annual Spring Art Walk
Tuesday, April 03, 2018 History Lecture Series: Dr. Richard Porcher on Dr. Henry Woodward
Saturday, March 24, 2018 3rd Annual Civil War Era Living History Encampment
Friday, March 16, 2018 Special Lecture: Reconstruction in Beaufort, SC and the Nation
Thursday, March 01, 2018 2017 Docent Annual Meeting
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 History Lecture Series: Jim Crow Laws in South Carolina and Their Effect on the Beaufort Area
Thursday, January 25, 2018 Annual Meeting
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Winter 2017 Docent Training Classes
Friday, January 12, 2018 Free Admission Day! National Park Service Reconstruction Era Event Planned in Arsenal Courtyard
Wednesday, January 03, 2018 Closed Due To Weather
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 History Lecture Series: The Battle of Port Royal Sound, 1861
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 “Politics, Pilings and Playgrounds--Henry C Chambers Riverfront Park”, a panel discussion moderated by Edie Rodgers
Friday, September 08, 2017 Closed for Hurricane Irma
Thursday, August 24, 2017 Fall 2017 Docent Training
Monday, August 21, 2017 Closing at 1pm for Eclipse
Friday, June 30, 2017 Liberty Days
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 3rd Annual Beaufort History Museum Tea: Crowning Glory -- Celebrating the Role of Women’s Hats in Southern Culture
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 History Lecture Series: Tide of Death, The Great Sea Island Hurricane of 1893
Thursday, April 20, 2017 History Lecture Series: History and Culture of the Gullah on St. Helena Island
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 History Lecture Series: Harriet Tubman - A Glimpse into the Life of a Woman of Courage
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 History Lecture Series: Abbie Holmes Christensen
Saturday, March 04, 2017 Reconstruction Era Living History Encampment
Friday, March 03, 2017 History Lecture Series: Beaufort In The Civil War
Saturday, February 18, 2017 History Lecture Series: Researching an African-American Family
Thursday, January 26, 2017 Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 History Lecture Series: Tide of Death: The Great Sea Island Hurricane of 1893
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 History Lecture Series: The Battle of Port Royal Sound
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Volunteer Greeters Orientation
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Winter 2016 Docent Training
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 History Lecture Series: Hurricanes of Beaufort’s Past
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 History Lecture Series: I Walked in Santa's Boots
Thursday, December 08, 2016 History Lecture Series: Historic Homes of Beaufort - The Anchorage
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 Volunteer Greeters Orientation
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 History Lecture Series: Native American Myths, Poetry & Trickster Tales
Thursday, November 24, 2016 Closed for Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Thanksgiving Eve Hours
Monday, November 07, 2016 History Lecture Series: The Battle of Port Royal
Monday, October 24, 2016 History Lecture Series: Songs of the Civil War
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Fall 2016 Docent Training
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 Closed for Hurricane Matthew
Thursday, September 29, 2016 History Lecture Series: Ribaut’s Road
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 History Lecture Series: Beaufort—500 Years in a Capsule
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Summer 2016 Docent Training
Friday, June 10, 2016 Reconstruction Beaufort: Islands of Hope in a Sea of Distress - New Exhibit
Thursday, June 09, 2016 South Carolina Humanities Festival
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 Girls Raised In The South (GRITS) - A Tea Party and Celebration of Lowcountry Women Who Changed History -- SOLD OUT!
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Spring 2016 Docent Training
Sunday, April 24, 2016 Beaufort County Spring Tour
Friday, March 25, 2016 Easter Holiday Hours
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 2016 CSCLHS Conference - Museum Tour
Friday, March 11, 2016 Civil War Era Living History Encampment
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Annual Meeting - Members Dinner
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Winter 2016 Docent Training
Friday, January 01, 2016 Closed for New Years
Thursday, December 31, 2015 New Year's Eve Hours
Friday, December 25, 2015 Closed for Christmas.
Thursday, December 24, 2015 Christmas Eve Hours
Sunday, November 22, 2015 A Place Called Home
Saturday, October 31, 2015 Pat Conroy 70th Birthday Bash
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Fall 2015 Docent Training
Thursday, October 01, 2015 'Doctuh' BUZZard Exhibit
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Revealed! The Intimate Secrets of a Victorian Woman

Our mission is to preserve, promote and interpret the experiences of our past that influence us now and in the future.

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