Main Exhibit Hall

The Beaufort History Museum strives to manage and display the City of Beaufort’s collection of artifacts, documents and photos, which tell in a compelling manner the fascinating stories of the area. 

Highlights are the arrival of the Native Americans, the first settlers; the European explorations of the early and mid-16th Century; the Revolutionary War; the rice, indigo and cotton Plantation Culture; the antebellum decades, secession and the Civil War; Reconstruction; the Spanish American War; and growth to present times. 

Through community engagement, children’s programs, educational opportunities and social events the museum provides many services to visitors and local residents.

Jean Ribault Paintings

Centuries before the Marine Corps started training recruits on Parris Island, the French saw the land as an opportunity for religious freedom. Captain Jean Ribaut and crew arrived on Parris Island in 1562, planted a stone pillar, claimed the land as a Huguenot refuge, and built a triangular for named Charlesfort. This was 25 years before Roanoke, 45 years before Jamestown and 58 years before the Pilgrims and Plymouth.

Stone Tools

For thousands of years before the Old and New Worlds, Native Americans inhabited the area near modern-day Beaufort and left many clues about their existence, including pottery shards, arrow heads and even game pieces.

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

The Beaufort History Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 713 Craven Street, Beaufort, SC 29902

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