Beaufort County Historical Society The Beaufort County Historical Society is the oldest association in Beaufort county dedicated to the study and preservation of history. A member based organization, the society was established in 1939. As stated in our constitution: The purpose of this society shall be for the collection and dissemination of accurate historical data with particular emphasis on those of Beaufort County, the proper marking and preserving of its historic sites and the study of history in general.
Beaufort District Collection The Beaufort County Library’s collection focusing on the history, culture and environment of South Carolina’s historic Beaufort District.
Bluffton Historical Preservation Society, Heyward House The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society aims to bring together people interested in history, particularly history of Bluffton and the surrounding area. It discovers and collects materials to establish or illustrate the history of this area. The Society will provide for the preservation of such material and make it accessible as far as may be possible, to seriously interested persons who wish to examine or study it.
Gullah Geechee Corridor The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor was designated by an act of Congress on October 12, 2006. As a national heritage area, the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is not part of the national park system; however, the act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to provide technical and financial assistance for the development and implementation of the management plan.
The Heritage Library The Heritage Library is a private genealogy reference library and research center based in Hilton Head, which is open to the public, and has a Beaufort branch located at the Santa Elena History Center.
National Park Service - Reconstruction Era National Historical ParkThe Reconstruction era,1861-1898 the historic period in which the United States grappled with the question of how to integrate millions of newly freed African Americans into social, political,economic, and labor systems, was a time of significant transformation. The people, places, and events in Beaufort County, South Carolina, reflect on the most important issues of this tumultuous time period. Learn more about the historic sites that make up Reconstruction Era National Historical Park and how to visit.
Historic Port Royal Foundation The foundation encourages partnerships to work for the restoration, preservation and protection of artifacts, buildings, landmarks, institutions and documents important to the town of Port Royal’s history.
The Mather School Shortly after the Civil War, Mather School was founded here by Rachel Crane Mather of Boston. In 1882 the Women’s American Baptist Home Mission Society assumed support of the venture, operating it as a normal school for African American girls. With some changes, the school continued until 1968, when it was closed and sold to the state for the educational benefit of all races.
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