Captain Dick’s River Tour & Dolphin Watch
Welcome to Captain Dick’s Beaufort River Tour and Dolphin Watch! Relax in the balmy bay breeze as your USCG licensed captain and First Mate Linda reveal a side of Beaufort you won’t see anywhere else. Distractions abound, however, as playful dolphin vie for your attention and the stately osprey soars overhead.
Beaufort Arts Council
Since its founding in 1991, the Arts Council has served the cultural communities of Beaufort County. The BAC maintains an ongoing dialogue with community members, artists, schools, and businesses to keep its programming fresh and pertinent to the needs of County with vibrant programs, ideas, and extensive services. 921 Ribaut Rd., TCL Campus Building 1.
Stand and Paddle
Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced paddler, come join us in the fun and adventure of the fastest growing sport in the world! We offer Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) lessons, group and family outings and tours, sunset paddles, moonlight paddles, sunrise paddles, SUP race training, and even a little SUP yoga and fitness.
Seas So Shallow Guide Service
Seas So Shallow guide service specializes in inshore fishing for Redfish, Flounder, Sea trout, Cobia, Tarpon, Sharks, Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel and a few other species.
Sanctuary Golf Club @ Cat Island
Welcome To Sanctuary Golf Club! Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island is a most beautiful, nature-filled location for recreation, memorable events or just relaxing with friends, family and entertaining business associates. Tucked away in a stunning and tranquil setting steeped in history near the shore, Sanctuary Golf Club features award-winning golf & tennis.
The Kazoo Factory
The Kazoo Factory houses “Kazoobie Kazoos”, America’s only full-time manufacturer of plastic kazoos. Our building also houses “The Kazoo Museum”, a wonderful collection of historic and interesting kazoos. We offer Factory Tours and a chance to make your own kazoo. Perfect for families, school groups, bus tours, and senior citizens. Our gift shop sells all kinds of kazoos and fun musical instruments. Open year round. Free Wi-Fi. Bus and RV Parking. Handicap Accessible. 3 and under Free. $5 4 and up. 12 John Galt Rd.
The Legends Golf Course
Belleau Wood Road | Beaufort | 843-228-2240
16 Penn Center Circle E | St Helena Island | 843-838-2432
Chechessee Creek Club
18 Chechessee Creek Drive | Okatie | 843-987-7000
Lady’s Island Country Club
139 State Road S-7-578 | Beaufort | 843-524-3635
Ocean Creek Golf Course
Ocean Creek Boulevard | St Helena Island | 843-838-1576
2121 Boundary Street, Suite 101 | Beaufort | 843-379-4327
Old Tabby Golf Links
42 Mobley Oaks Lane | Okatie | 843-987-2013
Secession Golf Club
100 Islands Causeway | Beaufort | 843-522-4600
TGC at Pleasant Point Plantation
8 Barnwell Drive | Beaufort | 843-986-9432
630 16th Street | Port Royal | 843-524-6600
121 Dataw Drive | St Helena Island | 843-838-3838
Beaufort Kayak Tours
600 Linton Lane | Beaufort | 843-525-0810
Beaufort History Museum
713 Craven Street | Beaufort | 843-379-3079
Explore History at Beaufort National Cemetery
Beneath the boughs of moss-draped live oaks in the heart of Beaufort County, the Beaufort National Cemetery is one of the Lowcountry’s historic gems. White headstones form a semicircle fanning out from the ornate entrance gate, with peaceful avenues dividing the property like the spokes on a wheel.
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President Lincoln originally established the site in 1863 as one of six national cemeteries for the interment of fallen soldiers and sailors during the Civil War. Today, the 33-acre site has more than 18,500 burials, including veterans from every major American conflict, from the Spanish American War to the Gulf War.
Beaufort was an early target for the Union Army during the Civil War. Its position on the coast between Savannah and Charleston made it a prime location to set up a blockade and cut off the Confederacy’s access to the ocean and trade with European countries. In November 1861, the Union fleet overwhelmed Confederate defenders at Fort Walker on Hilton Head Island and Fort Beauregard on Phillips Island. This victory along the mouth of the Beaufort River cemented the Union’s control of the region, and their occupation of Beaufort.
The original residents of the cemetery were soldiers who died in the nearby Union hospitals during the occupation. Their remains were recovered and moved to the cemetery in Beaufort from several places, including east Florida and Hilton Head. About 2,800 remains were removed from cemeteries in Millen and Lawton, Georgia, and reinterred in the national cemetery; 117 Confederate soldiers are also interred there.
There are several notable persons interred at Beaufort. Master Sergeant Joseph Simmons was part of the 25th Infantry Buffalo Soldiers, one of four African-American regiments created as a part of the U.S. Regular Army after the Civil War. He fought on three French fronts in World War I and World War II and received the Légion d’honneur by the Republic of France in 1999. Simmons died shortly after the medal ceremony, 21 days prior to his 100th birthday.
Other significant burials include Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, subject of the movie “Glory,” Colonel Donald Conroy, John N. McLaughlin, Chuck Taliano, General Edwin Pollock and General William G. Thrash, among many others.
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In May 1987, the remains of 19 Union soldiers were discovered on Folly Island near Charleston. The South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology identified the remains as members of the 55th Regiment and the 1st North Carolina Infantry. Both units were composed of black troops who fought side-by-side with the 54th Massachusetts Regiment and had been missing in action since 1863.
The 1989 Memorial Day program at Beaufort National Cemetery featured the reinternment of those 19 soldiers with full military honors. The cast of “Glory,” Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis and descendants of African-American Civil War veterans attended the ceremony. One of the cemetery’s four monuments—two granite blocks affixed with bronze plaques—is dedicated to these soldiers.
Additional monuments include a 20-foot granite obelisk erected in 1870 to honor those who died for the Union. Also constructed in 1870 is a marble and brick box tomb inscribed with the names of 175 soldiers from 18 states. A memorial to Confederate soldiers was officially dedicated in 1997.
The Beaufort National Cemetery, located at 1601 Boundary St., is open for visitors daily from 8 a.m. until sunset. The cemetery office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and is closed on major federal holidays, with the exception of Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Visitors are asked to be respectful at all times while on site.
More information about the cemetery is available at www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/beaufort.asp or by calling (843) 524-3925.
Article written by Amanda Surowitz.
Captain ‘Eddie’s’ Fishing Charters
Fripp Island Marina | Fripp Island | 843-838-3782
Holden On Charters
29 B Market Street, Unit 2 | Beaufort | 843-466-9988
As a five-year-old girl, Jery B. Taylor learned the art of sweetgrass basket weaving from her grandmother on the grounds of Boone Hall Plantation near Charleston, SC. Today, Taylor owns Jery’s Baskets, an artist studio located in the heart of Savannah’s City Market that showcases her handwoven baskets, bowls, trays, fans and vases, as well […]
You might be thinking you’ve heard about Beaufort, SC a lot lately. Well, you’re right! Recently, our town has been recognized by numerous publications and websites for all of its appeal. Here’s just a few of the honors we received. Southern Living Magazine named Beaufort ‘6th Best Small Town in the South’ Bliss Award recipient for “Best Beach […]
By Kathleen McMenamin Vicars, Master Naturalist Roseate spoonbills are becoming a more common sight throughout our Lowcountry marshes. They can commonly be spotted around low tides in our marshes, beak down in the water, looking for food. They are a beautiful sight with their pink feathers and distinct bill. Roseate Spoonbills, Platalea ajaja, almost disappeared […]
Discover the Great Outdoors on a Majestic Rails-to-Trails Paved Pathway If you enjoy hiking, biking, walking, fishing, dog walking, riding a scooter, skateboarding or rollerblading, don’t miss the Spanish Moss Trail, which connects beautiful Beaufort to historic Port Royal and offers 10 miles of scenic beauty. Part of the East Coast Greenway, the Lowcountry’s only paved Rails-to-Trails destination, provides […]
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Auldbrass Plantation showcases the architectural genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. A true architectural treasure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is nestled in the backwoods of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Located just outside Yemassee and about an hour’s drive from Hilton Head, Auldbrass Plantation is the only Southern plantation designed by legendary architect […]
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If you have any connection to environmental issues in the Lowcountry, you have likely heard that Hilton Head and Beaufort County are considering ordinances that would ban single-use plastic bags. What you may not have heard about is a bill, pushed by the plastic industry, that would prevent local governments from passing ordinances that regulate […]
Founded in 2016 to honor the legendary author of “Prince of Tides,” “Beach Music” and “The Water is Wide,” the Pat Conroy Literary Center has a mission to educate, inspire and empower readers, writers and teachers in the Lowcountry and beyond. Located in a historic house at 308 Charles Street in Beaufort—Conroy’s beloved hometown—the Center […]
This buoy is special. Why, you ask? Because this buoy has a history and a lot of miles on it. Once upon a time, it was afloat in Port Royal Sound and directed ships in the area. Then in 1970, a large strorm cut it loose. One year later, Port Royal’s Traveling Red Buoy showed […]
Two historic churches representing two distinct segments of Lowcountry society. This journey through the past begins just outside of Pritchardville at St. Luke’s Methodist Church. Originally a parish of the Anglican Church, St. Luke’s was authorized by an act of the Colonial Assembly in 1767 and built in 1786 on land donated by prosperous planter […]
Did you know? Coral is, in fact, an animal that has evolved to incorporate a garden in its own tissue. Coral doesn’t eat the plant– it simply protects it, feeds it and benefits from the products of photosynthesis necessary for its survival. Approximately 200 million years of symbiosis have produced a relationship so cohesive, the plant and […]
Craving homegrown melons, vegetables, peanuts and other produce, fresh seafood, flowers, meats or prepared foods? Then pack up your reusable bags and baskets and hit the road to discover the farm-fresh offerings available at some of our local farmers markets, certified roadside stands and kitchens. Call ahead to confirm dates, times and hours of operation. […]
Recipe courtesy of the Beach House Cookbook by Mary Kay Andrews Way back when I was in college kid, sangria was new and exotic—like fondue. And crépes. Admittedly, I liked sangria better than either of those ‘70s throwbacks. I prefer it made with my favorite summer sipper, rosé. You can add whatever fruit you like […]
Bluffton Brighton Beach: For that small-town Lowcountry feel, Brighton Beach at the end of Alljoy Road is the place to go. The Alljoy Boat Landing provides access to the May River and Calibogue Sound. Limited parking is available, so drive your golf cart over early! It’s the perfect place to unwind, perhaps after a day […]
The sea islands that extend along the Eastern coast of South Carolina and Georgia have a history and a style all their own. From the sandy beaches of Edisto Island, SC to the isolated beauty of Cumberland Island, GA, the South Atlantic coast boasts a variety of islands that appeal to the dreamer in each […]
Beaufort has gained a new distinction by being one of a handful of cities across the country for which a new southern-oriented print company, Old Try, has created a limited edition letterpress poster. They are being sold exclusively through Historic Beaufort Foundation and are available at the Verdier House at 801 Bay St.
Golf is a funny game: To succeed, you have to slow down. You can take the right path toward the ball and know your clubs inside-out (pun intended), but if you rush your swing, all will be lost. The first piece of advice I give almost any golfer is simply to slow down. Why? Because […]
Hitting a golf ball straight is difficult enough from a flat lie. When you and the ball are suddenly on different levels, it becomes even harder. Facing an uphill lie, downhill lie or sidehill lie is daunting, but like many situations in golf, it can be handled well with an appraisal of the physical situation […]
Auldbrass Plantation showcases the architectural genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. Location: Combahee River, East of Yemassee on River Road, Beaufort County A true architectural treasure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is nestled in the backwoods of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Located just outside Yemassee, Auldbrass Plantation is the only Southern Plantation designed […]
Oysters have been a favorite staple for islanders for centuries. Early Native American harvested oysters, subsisting on the plentiful bivalve populations in Lowcountry waters. At low tide, oysters can be seen rising from tidal saltmarsh creeks throughout the area. In fact, Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort’s waters have traditionally been considered some of the richest […]
The Parris Island Museum is open daily from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Family and Graduation Days. Explore the long, rich legacy of the Marine Corps, as well as the exciting history of the Port Royal region. Admission is free. The Depot is home to the Marine Corps’ first Command Museum, the […]
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