Downtown Beaufort – Beaufort, South Carolina

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If you had to name the oldest cities in South Carolina, would you guess that Beaufort is the second oldest, just behind Charleston and just ahead of Georgetown? Chartered in 1711, Beaufort has earned the epithet Queen of the Sea Islands, and it takes only one visit to its historic downtown to see why.

Bay Street Beaufort

Josh Whiteside of Beaufort, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Strolling along Bay Street, people not only have the benefit of shopping and dining in the vibrant business district, but they can view some of the most exquisite antebellum homes in the South. Visitors even have the option of staying in an historic bed-and-breakfast and feeling transported to a bygone era.

Beaufort Bay Street Oak

Robin Seabury of Goose Creek, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In this seaside hamlet, history is everywhere you look. Even the live oak (Quercus virginiana) that line the main downtown roads are a few hundred years old. Where the downtown areas of most cities lead people away from the surrounding nature, in Beaufort the deep-rooted trees guide them through it, buffering the harbor’s salt breezes and reminding people that life has been thriving here for many, many generations.

Beaufort Historic

Contributed by Mrs. John F. Maag, 1970s © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Downtown Beaufort

Robin Seabury, a SC Picture Project contributor who shared one of the photos above, describes the scene she found on Bay Street: “While driving down the main street of Beaufort, I saw this fabulous live oak with the Spanish moss hanging so beautifully. This is so ‘Old South’ to me and it brings back some of my fantasies of being a little girl playing under this fabulous tree.”

Mrs. John F. Magg tells us about her above photo of Beaufort taken in the 1970s: “This was taken on Christmas vacation. We visited with friends and lived in Beaufort until 1966. John was in the Marine Corps and worked as photographer at Parris Island.”

Downtown Beaufort Info

Address: Bay Street, Beaufort, SC 29902

Downtown Beaufort Map

Downtown Beaufort – Add Info and More Photos

The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Downtown Beaufort, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!

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One Comment about Downtown Beaufort

Steve DavisNo Gravatar says:
December 11th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Such wonderful memories of growing up in Beaufort in the 1950s and 60s. Although I officially left in January, 1970, to join the Navy, I returned many times to visit family and friends. Beaufort will always be home and holds a special place in my heart.

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