The Beaufort History Museum will offer the public an afterhours “sneak peek” of its latest acquisition -- a doll house version of The Anchorage 1770 on Saturday, December 3, 2022, 3-5 p.m. at the Museum, 713 Craven St. in downtown Beaufort. Refreshments will be served.
Admission to the event is free for Museum members. Not a member? Click here to see our different membership subscription levels and join online. Membership lapsed? Click here to renew your membership. You will also be able to join or renew at the door. Admission for non-Museum members will be $5 for adults. Active military and children 18 years of age and younger are free.
The doll house was constructed during the late 1980s, when Joseph Belvedere managed the inn and the Ribaut Social Club restaurant.
The full-size house was built between 1770 and 1778 by Ralph Elliott and remained in the Elliott family until the Battle of Port Royal Sound in November 1861, when the white population fled in reaction to the Federal invasion. During the Civil War, the house served as a hospital during the occupation, when it was called Mission House.
In 1891, the house was bought by Admiral Lester Anthony Beardslee, who had accompanied Commodore Matthew Perry in the opening of Japan to international commerce. He improved the house by adding the third floor and piazzas on the second and third floors, as well as installing indoor plumbing and the first elevator (not modeled) in Beaufort. He named the house The Anchorage as an homage to his service in the United States Navy.
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 the Museum events, visit www.beauforthistorymuseum.com, or follow the Museum’s Facebook page.
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