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Famed for its laidback Southern charm and blissfully peaceful water views, Beaufort offers some of the finest real estate in South Carolina. Whether you’re looking for a waterfront home or one of the many luxury properties available throughout this remarkable region, you’re sure to find something dazzling.
The small-town charms of this idyllic South Carolina destination have earned it praise from the likes of Southern Living and Thrillist, which both named Beaufort the Best Small Town in the South. And that fame has attracted scores of new residents, from families to retirees, looking to make Beaufort their hometown.
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Anchoring the small-town charm of Beaufort is Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, an expanse of green space perfect for picnics, community events and romantic walks along the water's edge. You can park yourself on a swinging chair and watch the ships roll in the Beaufort River, or let the kids run wild on the sprawling playground. Rife with picturesque beauty, this park is the jewel of Beaufort’s crown.
The rich history of Beaufort comes to life on St. Helena Island, where farmers and fisherman work the land and sea as they have for generations. During your stay, don’t miss a visit to The Penn Center, one of the first schools in the country specifically built for freed slaves and the site where Martin Luther King, Jr., penned his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. You’ll also want to check out the eclectic shops and authentic Gullah cuisine found in Downtown Frogmore for the full experience.
Breathtakingly peaceful and hauntingly beautiful, the stone spires of Old Sheldon Church Ruins speak to the wealth of history to be found in the Sea Islands. The church itself is estimated to have been built between 1754 and 1753 before it was burned down by the British in 1779, then again by the Union Army in 1865. Today, its otherworldly beauty has made it a popular spot for photographers and weddings, not to mention a fantastic spot to visit and marvel at what once was.
With its iconic black and white stripes, the Hunting Island Lighthouse is the only such lighthouse in South Carolina that is open to the public. Climb the 167-step spiral staircase to the top and you can enjoy dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding natural beauty of Hunting Island State Park. And with is location amid lush coastal forests and winding pathways, getting there is half the fun.
One of the southeast’s most celebrated small towns, Beaufort’s beating heart lies among the shops and restaurants of Bay Street. Indulge in some retail therapy among retailers offering everything from fine art to souvenirs as you stroll these picturesque streets, then treat yourself to a restaurant scene that runs the gamut from contemporary cuisine to old-fashioned Southern favorites. Imminently walkable and irresistibly charming, Bay Street is a must-see when you’re in Beaufort.
Built to house the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery during the American Revolution, this centuries-old building is a testament to the area’s rich military history. Today, it serves as home to the Beaufort History Museum, helping tell the story of this elegant coastal town’s history. Among its relics and artifacts, you can see Beaufort’s evolution from Native American hunting grounds to its current stature as a sleepy Southern town.
Representing one of the most untold chapters in Beaufort’s history, Fort Fremont was built to fortify America’s shorelines against attack during the Spanish-American war. Here you can see the remains of a vast breech-loaded disappearing canon once stood watch against incursion. More enticingly still, you can hear whispers of ghost stories like the legend of the fabled “Land’s End Light.”
Beyond the shops and attractions of Bay Street, Downtown Beaufort’s historic district offers a walking tour through a treasure trove of delightful antebellum manors. It’s not uncommon for visitors to simply pick a direction and marvel at historic homes like the Cuthbert-Scheper House, the Lewis Reeve Sams House, and the Verdier House, all scattered throughout Beaufort’s squares. The history and charm on display are what earned Beaufort a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969.
A solemn reminder of the many sacrifices made in the defense of freedom, Beaufort National Cemetery’s 33 acres hold the remains of heroes who served in wars from the Civil War to the Gulf War. Among the rows of headstones, you’ll find notable names such as Colonel Donald “The Great Santini” Conroy and Chuck Taliano, famed for the “We don’t promise you a rose garden” USMC recruitment poster.
Uniquely built from the ground up to serve as a reminder of old-fashioned Main Street, USA, Habersham Marketplace is an idyllic mix of shopping and dining. More than 20 storefronts let you browse a vibrant mix of retail outlets in a blissfully walkable downtown setting boasting lush green spaces and an enjoyable play area for younger visitors. Keep an eye on the calendar for the rotating series of fun events held right in the heart of the marketplace.
Set beneath a canopy of Spanish moss-strewn live oak branches, Port Royal has managed to preserve its small-town feel even as it has surged in popularity. Drawn by its unique local shops, its lush Sands Beach and its unique four-story boardwalk tower, Port Royal enchants visitors with its blend of Southern hospitality and natural beauty. And with plans underway for enhancements to the port and a hotel on Paris Avenue, there will soon be even more of those visitors to enchant.
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