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Beaufort Waterfront Park – Beaufort, South Carolina

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Beaufort is known both for its history and its Waterfront Park, a beautiful promenade that winds its way between the Beaufort River and the historic district. Bordering the park are plenty of popular restaurants to enjoy, and a fully restored downtown area features a wealth of local shops to peruse. The park stretches from the Beaufort Marina to the Woods Memorial Bridge.

Beaufort Waterfront Park Sunset

Tony Bigley of Beaufort, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Beaufort is the second-oldest city in South Carolina. Inhabited by the Cherokee and Catawba Indians as early as 4000 BC, it was discovered by Spanish explorers in 1520. Over the next two centuries, the area now known as Beaufort changed hands many times over, alternating between the Spanish, the French, and the British. By the early 1700s, English planters and traders established Beaufort Town, named in honor of Henry Somerset, Duke of Beaufort.

Beaufort Marina

John Wollwerth of Beaufort © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Beaufort played an important role during the Civil War. Two of its citizens served on the committee that drafted the Ordinance of Secession in December 1860, and soon afterwards the Federal Government set up a blockade on Beaufort’s port. Though its economy suffered greatly from the blockade, most of its buildings escaped the devastation of war and are still standing today.

Bay Street Beaufort

Teresa Miller of Rock Hill, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

During the early 20th century, truck farming and seafood were the major players in Beaufort’s growth. The town also experienced a significant military boom during World War II. Today, Beaufort’s tourism industry is drawing well-deserved attention.

Woods Memorial Bridge

Steve Rich of Aiken, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Beaufort Waterfront Park

Contributor Teresa Miller shares about capturing her above photo, “This photograph was taken on an overcast day on Bay Street in Beaufort. It is such a lovely place for a stroll or to spend the day with your family.”

Add your own reflections here.

Beaufort Waterfront Park Info

Address: 1010 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC 29902
GPS Coordinates: 32.430081,-80.672674

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3 Comments about Beaufort Waterfront Park

debbieNo Gravatar says:
January 28th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

No, sorry, that was May 1974

debbieNo Gravatar says:
January 28th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Interesting, Martin. I was a Woman Marine stationed at Parris Island for a short while and knew some Navy Dental Techs that were there.

Martin E. KinseyNo Gravatar says:
October 5th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

I was a Navy Hospital Corpsman stationed at the hospital from April 1971 to May 1973. I left there after the filming of several famous movies like Prince of Tides, The Great Santini and Conrack. I hated serving at the hospital (reasons too many to tell) but enjoyed your wonderful city. PEACE!

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