Beaufort History Museum is taking a deep dive into headlines from Beaufort newspapers from the late 1800s to the early twentieth century. These weekly postings will highlight the stories Beaufortonians were buzzing about in yesteryear.

July 23, 1903

Let's go back to 1903 and revisit this Beaufort Gazette reporter's account of a live-fire target practice conducted from Fort Fremont on Saint Helena Island.  The reporter describes the exercise and its results in detail of what would have been an example of state-of-the-art, turn-of-the-20th century coastal artillery technology.

Our followers should note that the new Fort Fremont History Center is planned to open on November 9, 2021 and will tell the story of this unique example of a Spanish American War Era fortification listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

July 23, 1903

Places that sold illegal, untaxed alcoholic beverages were known as Blind Tigers. The tigers may have been blind, but law enforcement wasn’t, as shown by this July 23, 1903 Beaufort Gazette headline.

August 6, 1903

For all the changes in the newspaper business, some things remain constant, like the cardinal rule that "if it bleeds it leads." This story appeared on Page 1 of the August 6, 1903 Beaufort Gazette.

January 24, 1907

Fire was a constant threat in twentieth century Beaufort, as shown in this Beaufort Gazette headline from January 24, 1907. Portions of the story are not as legible as we would like, but copies made from microfilm of a paper printed 114 years ago have their limitations.




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