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  • Monday, February 24, 2020 8:00 PM | Webmaster BHM (Administrator)

    Beaufort, SC – February 24, 2020 - Beaufort History Museum will present its fifth annual Living History Encampment on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 9 AM – 5 PM in the Arsenal courtyard. Re-enactors coming to Beaufort from several states will portray Union troops from the Department of the South who were garrisoned in the Lowcountry and occupied the Beaufort Arsenal during the Civil War.

    The re-enactors will set up camp in the walled Arsenal courtyard and provide a unique educational opportunity for visitors of all ages, who will be able to interact with the soldiers to learn firsthand how life was lived in Beaufort during the Civil War years. A Civil War era cannon will be on display in the Arsenal courtyard the day of the event.


    The Museum is again partnering with the National Park Service (NPS) and its Reconstruction Era National Historical Park Visitors Center, located in the old Firehouse building on Craven Street across from the Arsenal, and with Beaufort County Library. The Museum’s highly acclaimed exhibit, Reconstruction Beaufort, is on display at NPS’ visitors center, which will be open the day of the Encampment.

    Beaufort is the place where Reconstruction first began during the early years of the Civil War. The National Park Service plans special activities the day of the Encampment event for kids who want to earn their Junior Ranger badges and will have docents on hand at its visitors venter.

    The Library, located at 311 Scott Street, will host two talks on Saturday, March 14 about Beaufort during the Civil War era. At 10 AM, NPS Ranger Christopher Barr will talk about the Reconstruction Era in Beaufort, and at 2 PM, storyteller Cora Newcomb, in period dress, will talk about “Women of Civil War Beaufort”. Both talks are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

    “Our annual Living History Encampment is one of the Museum’s most popular events and attracted more than 600 visitors in a single day last year”, said Carol Lauvray, BHM Board of Directors Member and Co-chair of the Encampment event committee. “We are very grateful to all of our partners, whose efforts and collaboration contribute to the Encampment’s success: encampment organizer Lou Evans and the other re-enactors; Scott Teodorski, Superintendent of the National Park Service’s Reconstruction Era National Historical Park, and Park Ranger Christopher Barr; and Grace Cordial of Beaufort County Library’s Beaufort District Collection.”


    Admission is free to the Encampment in the Arsenal courtyard (donations to support the Museum are much appreciated). On the day of the Encampment event, admission to the Museum’s Exhibition Hall on the second floor of the Arsenal will be specially priced at $6.00 per visitor ($5.00 for seniors). Museum members, children, and active military and their families are admitted to the Museum free of charge at all times. Admission is free to the National Park Service’s Reconstruction Era National Historical Park Visitors Center.

    Beaufort History Museum has evolved to focus specifically on the history of the Beaufort District. It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the City of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories of this area from the early 16th Century until modern times. Docent classes are conducted on an ongoing basis.

    The Arsenal address is 713 Craven Street. Normal BHM hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Saturday. Docents are on duty to provide information and conduct tours. Please visit www.beauforthistorymuseum.com or the BHM Facebook page for updates and news from the Museum.

    For information on becoming a Docent or Volunteer Greeter contact the Museum at info@beauforthistorymuseum.com or call 843-379-3079.

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:56 PM | Webmaster BHM (Administrator)

    Beaufort, SC- February 13, 2020 - Beaufort History Museum will present a lecture on Confederate General Stephen Elliott at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 3 at First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, located at the corner of North and Church Streets. The Speaker is D. Michael Thomas, author of ConfederatGeneral Stephen Elliott: Beaufort Legend, Charleston Hero.

                Admission to the lecture is free.  A donation of $5 is suggested and reservations are required.  Registration is opens February 17.  To sign up CLICK HERE.  Please print the ticket and bring to the event.  (Lectures sell out.  Those with tickets will be admitted first.)  Funds collected will be used to support ongoing Museum programs and the renovation of the Exhibit Hall currently underway. Phase I of the renovation is now open and planning for Phase II is underway.

                A South Carolina native, Thomas is the author of two well-regarded books.  In addition to his work on Stephen Elliott he has also written Wade Hampton’s Iron Scouts: Confederate Special Forces, published in 2018.

                Thomas graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, SC with a B.A. in History and is a Vietnam veteran with active duty service in the navy from 1968-1972.  He is a life-long student of Southern history with special emphasis on the War Between the States.  He spent five years in the banking sector and 31 years in international trade before retiring in 2008.

                While living near Richmond, VA he spent ten years with the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia serving as a volunteer historical researcher and as a member of the Board of Directors. His research on Chesterfield County veterans from Colonial times to the Gulf War led him to author numerous newsletter articles on those veterans and their service.

    Beaufort History Museum has evolved to focus specifically on the history of the Beaufort District. It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the City of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories of this area from the early 16th Century to the modern era.  

    The Museum’s hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Saturday. Docents are on duty to provide information and conduct tours. Please visit www.beauforthistorymuseum.com or BHM’s Facebook page for admission prices, updates and news from the Museum.

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020 8:27 PM | Webmaster BHM (Administrator)

    If you missed this year's annual meeting (or even if you were there), click here to  view Dr. Larry Rowland's keynote address on the Yemassee Indian Wars.

    Our thanks to Jeff Kidd to shooting and preparing this video.

  • Saturday, December 21, 2019 3:50 PM | Webmaster BHM (Administrator)

    Beaufort History Museum Announces Annual Meeting 

    Members and Public Invited

                Beaufort, SC – December 23, 2019 - Museum members and the public are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Beaufort History Museum (BHM) on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 6:00 PM in the First Presbyterian Church located on the corner of North and Church Streets.

    Doors open at 5:30 PM for a Membership Reception to meet noted historian Dr. Lawrence Rowland, the speaker at the event, who will present a talk on The Yamassee Wars. Non-members will be charged a $10 admission fee, which can be waived by purchasing a Museum membership, available at www.beauforthistorymuseum.com.  All members and guests must register on the website with registration opening on January 9.

    At the meeting, milestones of the past year will be celebrated and plans for 2020 will be revealed, including a preview of Phase II of the renovation of the Museum’s main exhibit hall.  Current Museum members also will vote on Board of Directors nominees. The slate will be presented to BHM members in advance of the annual meeting via email

    Upcoming events to be announced at the meeting include:

    ·       January 7, 2010, 2:00 PM: Ron and Rebecca Tucker, Founders of the Beaufort International Film Festival, will present a lecture on the Festival titled “Beaufort Hugs and Southern Hospitality”.  The talk will take place at the Presbyterian Fellowship Hall on North Street. Registration on the website is required and will open on December 24, 2019. 

    ·       March 13-15, 2020:  The Fifth Annual Living History Encampment in the Arsenal Courtyard featuring Civil War era re-enactors in period dress. 

    ·      Tuesday, May 19, 2020: The Sixth Annual Beaufort History Museum Tea, a fundraiser, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, which will honor the history of Negro Spirituals on Beaufort’s Sea Islands during the Civil War era, to be held at the Dataw Island Club.

    The Beaufort History Museum, which was founded in 1939, has evolved to focus specifically on the deep and rich history of the Beaufort District.  It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the City of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories of this area from the early 16th Century until modern times.  For information on all events visit www.beauforthistorymuseum.com or follow the Museum’s Facebook page.

  • Friday, December 20, 2019 3:47 PM | Webmaster BHM (Administrator)

    Beaufort History Museum Announces Lecture January 7, 2020

    Beaufort International Film Festival Featured

    Beaufort, SC – December 20, 2019 - Beaufort History Museum, in partnership with the Beaufort Branch Library, will present a lecture by Ron and Rebecca Tucker,  featuring the Beaufort International Film Festival. Titled “Beaufort Hugs and Southern Hospitality”, the talk is scheduled for 2 PM on Tuesday, January 7 at the Presbyterian Fellowship Hall located on North Street in downtown Beaufort.                

    A donation of $5 is suggested and reservations are required.  To sign up visit the BHM website at www.beauforthistorymuseum.com. Please print out the ticket and bring to the event.  Registration opens December 24, 2019.    (Lectures sell out.  Those with tickets will be admitted first.)  Funds collected will be used to support ongoing Museum programs and the renovation of the Exhibit Hall, which is currently underway.

    Ron and Rebecca Tucker are the founders Beaufort Film Society (BFS) and the Beaufort International Film Festival.  Prior to the launching BFS they were producing partners with Sandbar Productions and Good-to-Go Video.  Specializing in documentaries about the Marine Corps, they produced and distributed these programs around the world

    The 14th-annual Beaufort International Film Festival will be held Feb. 18-23, 2020. The purpose of the festival is to recognize aspiring filmmakers of almost every genre to include independent film, music, animation, short and long features, documentaries, and screenwriting.

    It is also an opportunity to showcase the beautiful "film-friendly" region of Beaufort and the Carolina Sea Islands. Beaufort has served as the backdrop for more than 20 major motion pictures, including Forrest Gump, The Big Chill, The Prince of Tides, and many more.

    Beaufort History Museum, located in the historic Arsenal on Craven Street, has   evolved to focus specifically on the history of the Beaufort District. It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the City of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories of this area from the early 16th Century until modern times.  The Museum’s hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Saturday.

  • Friday, October 25, 2019 5:39 PM | Webmaster BHM (Administrator)

    Beaufort History Museum, in partnership with the Beaufort County Library, announces the second talk in its fall history lecture series, “The Big Gun Shoot”, presented by Dave Smoot. The event is planned for Thursday, November 7, at 2:00 pm at the Beaufort Branch Library, which is located at 211 Scott Street.

                Admission to the lecture is free.  A donation of $5 is suggested and reservations are required.  To sign up visit www.beauforthistorymuseum.com  Please print out the ticket and bring to the event.   (Lectures sell out.  Those with tickets will be admitted first.) Funds      collected will be used to support ongoing Museum  programs and the Phase II     renovation of the Exhibit Hall currently underway.       Phase I of the renovation opened last year.

    The Battle of Port Royal Sound was one of the earliest and most important naval operations of the Civil War.  On November 7, 1861 a large Union Army and Navy expedition sailed into Port Royal Sound to do battle with two Confederate forts, Fort Walker on Hilton Head Island and Fort Beauregard on Bay Point.  This battle of land-based artillery against ship-born artillery was known as “the Big Gun Shoot.  The program will discuss the guns, munitions and fortifications involved in “The Big Gun Shoot”.

    Dave Smoot earned his degree on history in 1979. He recently retired from a 10-year position as the Museum Technician at Parris Island Museum where he collaborated with noted historian Dr. Stephen Wise to curate the story of the Marines. He was an historic interpreter and curator at a Virginia Living History Museum before relocating to Beaufort.

    An skilled re-enactor, he has 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."

                The Beaufort County Library System is a free and accessible center of ideas,             information, and resources that foster learning, community, and literacy. The Library provides open and guided access to a wide variety of media and programs enrichment, and cultural understanding.

                Beaufort History Museum, located in the historic Arsenal at 713 Craven Street,   has   evolved to focus specifically on the history of the Beaufort District. It strives             compelling stories of this area from the early 16th Century until modern times. The Museum’s hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Saturday.  Information on other events, Docent Training classes, volunteer opportunities and  membership may be found on the website and by visiting the Museum’s Facebook  page.


  • Monday, October 14, 2019 3:28 PM | Webmaster BHM (Administrator)

    Beaufort History Museum Announces Fall Docent Training

    Classes begin November 5, 2019

                Beaufort, SC – October 14, 2019 Beaufort History Museum (BHM) is offering Docent classes to train volunteers who lead Museum tours and serve as community liaisons. In the classes, directed by Docent Educator Lorrie Burleyknoles, participants learn how Beaufort shaped America from the early European settlements to current times.

     Docent training classes are scheduled:

    • Tuesday November 5 - 9 AM – 3 PM
    • Thursday, November 7  - 9 AM – 3 PM
    • Wednesday, November 13 - 9 AM – 2 PM

    To earn Docent certification all classes must be completed. Box lunches will be included at all sessions.  Continuing education will be available with advanced Docent Training quarterly with special speakers and interesting field trips.

    To become a BHM Docent candidates must:

    • Be a BHM member in good standing
    • Commit to a minimum of three, three-hour volunteer sessions per month for 12 months
    • Have an interest in sharing Beaufort’s history to a diverse group of guests who visit the Museum

    Classes will be held at BHM located in the historic Arsenal at 713 Craven Street. Space in the class is limited and those interested in attending the session are encouraged to register early. For more information on the Docent program, or other volunteer opportunities with the Museum, contact Lorrie Burleyknoles at burleyknoles@gmail.com, Tom Kelley at thomas.j.kelley750@gmail.com, or call 559-362-3237.

    Beaufort History Museum has evolved to focus specifically on the history of the Beaufort District. It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the City of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories of this area from the early 16th Century to the modern era.   

    The Museum’s hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Saturday. Docents are on duty to provide information and conduct tours. Admission is $7.00 per visitor ($6.00 for Seniors). Children and active military are admitted free of charge.  Please visit www.beauforthistorymuseum.com or BHM’s Facebook page for updates and news from the Museum.

  • Monday, October 14, 2019 11:04 AM | Webmaster BHM (Administrator)

    Historic Beaufort is heart of the Lowcountry - Atlanta Journal Constitution Travel, 10/14/2019, by Cele and Lynn Seldon, for the AJC

    BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA — 

    South Carolina’s Lowcountry conjures up images of lush marshlands blanketed with spartina grasses, the sounds of oysters and crabs making their homes as the tide rises and falls, and the scent of pluff mud mixed with the briny breeze. There’s also the antebellum architecture, Spanish moss-draped avenues shadowed by massive oaks and magnolias and the clippity-clop of horse hooves along the pavement as the carriage tours share the history of the area. Charleston may be the better known historic city on the South Carolina coast, but no place captures the heart of the Lowcountry quite like Beaufort.

    Located on Port Royal Island in the heart of the Sea Islands that stretch from Jacksonville to Charleston, Beaufort is about 20 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, bordered by the Beaufort River and Battery Creek. It is a quintessential small Southern town, home to 13,000 people who were either born here and married to her sultry charms or found their way here for one reason or another and succumbed to her allure.

    Early beginnings

    Established by the British in 1711, Beaufort (pronounced “Bew-fert,” versus the other Beaufort in the other Carolina, which is pronounced “Bow-fort”) is the second oldest city in South Carolina, behind Charleston. But about 200 years earlier, it was the site of the second European landing in North America and a settlement called Santa Elena, established by the Spanish in 1566, four decades before the English settled Jamestown.

    Almost 150 years later, the British established Beaufort, which played key roles in the Civil War and the subsequent Reconstruction era. After Union Army forces occupied the area following the 1861 Battle of Port Royal, slave-holding plantation owners fled and the area became one of the earliest supporters of slave emancipation, including the founding in 1862 of the Penn Center for the education of newly freed Gullah slaves on nearby St. Helena Island. The city continued to flourish after the war and into the early 20th century through phosphate mining, naval operations and the founding of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on nearby Parris Island. The latter half of the 20th century saw the birth of tourism, as visitors came to explore Beaufort’s rich historic legacy, antebellum architecture and waterfront activities.

    Preserving history

    With this historic pedigree, there are plenty of things to do and see in and around this charming city. It’s best to start at the beginning with an exploration of the Santa Elena History Center and relive America’s first — and mostly lost — century.

    Newly established in 2017 by President Barack Obama, Reconstruction Era National Historic Park is currently being developed and is a work in progress. However, there are several ways to explore the history of this era now, starting at the Penn Center on St. Helena Island. Here you can visit the original Penn School at Darrah Hall and the Brick Baptist Church, built in 1855 by enslaved people. Deemed a National Historic Landmark in 1974, the campus not only continues to fulfill its educational mission, but it also features a museum and gift shop, a cultural center and the site where Martin Luther King Jr. penned his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

    The Beaufort History Museum gives a glimpse into the role Beaufort played in American history. Located in the historic 1852 arsenal, the building was home to African-American militia units during Reconstruction and was used as the first post-Civil War voting station. Other Reconstruction era sites in the works include the Old Beaufort Firehouse, which will be converted into a National Park Visitor Center.

    Beaufort’s charming downtown historic district is filled with a variety of sites, including the Mark Verdier House, circa 1804, a Federal-style mansion that belonged to the wealthy merchant and planter Mark Verdier. On site are a number of exhibits, including a scale model diorama of Bay Street in 1863, Civil War photos and an exhibit devoted to Robert Smalls, who was born into slavery in Beaufort and went on to become a Union naval hero during the Civil War and a South Carolina congressman during the Reconstruction era.

    Other attractions

    Many of the historic buildings along Bay Street contain shops and restaurants, and one block south lies Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, along the Beaufort River. Featuring an oyster tabby river walk, a bustling marina, swing benches, green space for picnicking and a playground for children, Waterfront Park is a popular gathering place for viewing sunrises and sunsets across the harbor.

    The area is also home to the Pat Conroy Literary Center, which showcases the life and writings of the beloved Lowcountry author and hosts a variety of literary events year-round.

    Because of Beaufort’s unparalleled beauty, its spectacular houses and waterfront locations have been featured in several major movies, including “The Big Chill,” “The Prince of Tides” and “Forrest Gump.” See them all on one of Beaufort Tours’ walking or van tours. Departing from the downtown marina, tours last from one to three hours, depending on the theme. Options include Civil War and Reconstruction, Pat Conroy’s Beaufort, and Sea Island Plantation and Gullah culture.

    Beaufort doesn’t have a beach, but 15 miles south is beautiful Hunting Island State Park. With five miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches, thousands of acres of marshland and maritime forest, plenty of wildlife and the state’s only accessible lighthouse, Hunting Island makes for a great outing. That is, if you can pull yourself away from the charms of Beaufort, heart of the Lowcountry.

    IF YOU GO

    Beaufort, South Carolina, is 260 miles southeast of Atlanta.

    WHAT TO DO

    Santa Elena History Center. Explore the first European colonial capital in the New World. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 1501 Bay St. $5-$10. 843-379-1550, www.santa-elena.org

    Penn Center. Established as a school for freed slaves in 1862, it continues to serve as a source of education and history. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. $5-$7. 38 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island. 843-838-2474, www.penncenter.com.

    Beaufort History Museum. A museum displaying the history of Beaufort in an 1852 arsenal. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. $7. 713 Craven St. 843-379-3079, www.beauforthistorymuseum.com.

    Mark Verdier House. An architectural example of Beaufort’s moneyed class, along with several exhibits reflecting Beaufort’s history. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Guided tours every hour on the half hour. Free. 801 Bay St. 843-379-6335, www.historicbeaufort.org/verdier-house.

    Pat Conroy Literary Center. A cultural center dedicated to the life and works of author Pat Conroy. Noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Free. 905 Port Republic St. 843-379-7025, www.patconroyliterarycenter.org.

    Beaufort Tours. Walking and van tours of many of Beaufort’s attractions. $10-$60. 1006 Bay St. 843-838-2746, www.beauforttoursllc.com.

    Hunting Island State Park. $3-$5. 2555 Sea Island Parkway, Hunting Island. 843-838-2011, www.southcarolinaparks.com/hunting-island




  • Monday, August 19, 2019 4:43 PM | Webmaster BHM (Administrator)

    Beaufort History Museum Lecture Scheduled for September 17

                Beaufort, SC – September 3, 2019 - Noted teacher and historian Margaret Pickett will present a lecture titled “The history of Indigo in Beaufort’s Sea Islands” at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, September 17, at the Beaufort Branch Library, located at 311 Scott Street.  This is the first lecture in the Beaufort History Museum/Beaufort County Library 2019 Fall Local History Series. 

     

               Admission to the lecture is free.  A donation of $5 is suggested and reservations are required.  Registration, which opens on September 2nd, can be found by clicking here.  Please print out the ticket and bring to the event.  Registration is currently open.    (Lectures sell out.  Those with tickets will be admitted first.)  Funds collected will be used to support ongoing Museum programs and the Phase II renovation of the Exhibit Hall currently underway. Phase I of the renovation opened last year.

                Margaret (Peggy) Pickett is the co-director of Pickett Educational Resources, an independent researcher, author and living history presenter.  In addition to developing and presenting history programs for schools, she has researched and created programs in which she portrays women of the past.

                 Her current portrayals include Eliza Lucas Pinckney, Dorothy Sinkler Richardson and Rebecca Motte.  She is the co-author of The European Struggle to Settle North America 1521 – 1608 and the author of Eliza Lucas Pinckney Colonial Plantation Manager and Mother of American Patriots, 1722 – 1793. 

                At the lecture she will talk about the history of indigo in South Carolina and how it affected the sea islands around Beaufort. Indigo was a very important and lucrative crop because the blue dye extracted from the plants was in high demand. In 1744 Eliza Lucas Pinckney sent a sample of indigo she had developed on her father’s plantation to England where it was said to be as good as the indigo produced by the French in their island colonies in the West Indies.  Indigo soon became a valuable export for Carolina planters. Its cultivation and processing as dye produced one-third the total value of the colony's exports before the Revolutionary War. Manager of three plantations, Pinckney had a major influence on the colonial economy.

                The Beaufort County Library System is a free and accessible center of ideas, information, and resources that foster learning, community, and literacy. The Library provides open and guided access to a wide variety of media and programs to inform, inspire, and empower people in their pursuit of lifelong learning, personal enrichment, and cultural understanding.

                Beaufort History Museum, located in the historic Arsenal at 713 Craven Street, has   evolved to focus specifically on the history of the Beaufort District. It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the City of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories of this area from the early 16th Century until modern times.  The Museum’s hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Saturday.   Information on other events, Docent Training classes, volunteer opportunities and membership may be found on the website and by visiting the Museum’s Facebook page.

  • Monday, May 13, 2019 9:41 AM | Webmaster BHM (Administrator)

                Beaufort, SC – May 13,2019  - Beaufort History Museum’s fifth annual Tea, “Pearls of Wisdom”, held May 7 at Dataw Island Club, was a resounding success attracting 150 guests and raising funds to support the renovation of the museum’s exhibit hall.  


                Patrons of the event, the organization’s principal fundraiser, sipped tea, savored delicious traditional tea delicacies, met authors and had books signed, bid on auction items and listened to speakers who described their heritage and topics from their books.


               Nationally known author Kristy Woodson Harvey used the occasion to unveil her latest book The Southern Side of Paradise (Simon and Schuster) and spoke about her North Carolina roots, launching her career and her popular book series.


               Local writer Patricia Bee (Mama’s Pearls) was on hand to sign books and was a featured speaker.


                The Museum also recognized Mary Rivers Legree, Information Specialist at the Beaufort Visitor’s Center, recipient of the South Carolina Hospitality Employee of the Year Award, and Scott Teodorski, Supervisor of the National Park Services Reconstruction Era National Park in Beaufort.


                Larry Koolkin, Co-chairman of the Museum’s Exhibit Committee, talked about the success of Phase I of the new exhibit hall, which opened earlier this year, and the progress in developing Phase II.  He said that funds raised at the Tea would help toward paying the $200,000 price tag for completing the project and the ongoing need for sponsors and supporters.

                The Tea Committee comprised Co-chairs Stuart Heath and Carla Marsh, Carol Lauvray, Kathy Mixon, Larry Koolkin, Jeff Kidd and Steve Guida.  Sponsors included Modern Jewelers, Merrill Lynch Bank of America Corporation, The Clark-Troutman Group Wealth Management, Lady’s Island Oyster Company, Fernwell Florals, Hairplay, Bay Street Outfitters, Eat Local (Hearth Wood Fired Pizza, Plum’s and Saltus River Grill restaurants), Hand and Tanner, Rossignol’s, MacDonald’s Marketplace, Kilwins, and Seaside Grown Bloody Mary Mix.


                Beaufort History Museum has evolved to focus specifically on the history of the Beaufort District. It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the City of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories of this area from the early 16th Century to the modern era.  

                The Museum’s hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Saturday. Docents are on duty to provide information and conduct tours. Admission is $7.00 per visitor ($6.00 for Seniors). Children and active military are admitted free of charge.  Please visit www.beauforthistorymuseum.com or BHM’s Facebook page for updates and news from the Museum.

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