Past Exhibits


Fall 2015

Doctuh' BUZZard's Hoodoo Awakening


This exhibition invites visitors to explore Doctuh Buzzard's ROOTWORKS, a re-­‐imagined Hoodoo style apothecary of charm-­‐objects, related graphics and sculpture. Hoodoo images of spiritual and supernatural representation convey iconic metaphor associated with regional history and the legendary 'Dr. Buzzard' (1885 -1947), also known as Stephney Robinson of St. Helena Island, South Carolina, arguably the greatest conjurer root worker and healer of all time.





Spring 2015

What they Wore: Fashion & Finery of the Victorian and Edwardian Eras

A Victorian gentleman’s frock coat, a collapsible top hat and an elegant Edwardian tennis outfit. An opulent jet-beaded mantel and fine bespoke jewelry. An exquisite lace wedding gown and veil, a sumptuous multicolored silk dress and a romantic handkerchief linen nightgown. These are just a few of the fascinating items of Victorian and Edwardian era clothing, jewelry and accessories that comprise the interesting finery on display.


Fall 2013

Slaves to Soldiers to Citizens - 1st S.C. Volunteers



The Beaufort History Museum is mounting an exhibit about the first former slaves to be officially recognized as Union soldiers in the Civil War.  These soldiers were mustered in on the same day they were given their freedom, as part of a jubilee at the reading here of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.  Robert Smalls helped convince President Abraham Lincoln that they would be able troops, and there is evidence that the proclamation was hurried to accommodate their enlistment. In addition, the museum will help conduct a showing of the movie “Glory,” which closely follows the story of the 54th and 1st S.C. Volunteers.





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

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