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  • Historic Beaufort Foundation
    Preserving Historic Buildings in
    Beaufort South Carolina Since 1965

    Founded in 1711, Beaufort, South Carolina, located in the heart of the Carolina Lowcountry midway between Charleston and Savannah, harbors a rich repository of 18th and 19th century houses with remarkable architectural variety. Historic Beaufort Foundation is a non-profit organization charged with the mission to preserve, protect and restore buildings and sites of historic or architectural significance in Beaufort County.

    Please remember that Historic Beaufort Foundation is a membership organization, and memberships are critical to helping continuing our work. If you're interested in becoming a member or would like to renew, please call 843-379-3331 or click here.


     





  • Historic Beaufort Foundation

    The Official Guide to Historic Beaufort

    cover guidebook

    On sale at HBF offices, the Verdier House

    and a variety of retail outlets!

    Revised and expanded with 15 years of new research, this 10th edition release is a great addition to your library!   Take a walk around the historic district and enjoy the stories of the various structures! The book features full color photography.


    soiree 2014 rack card

    This year’s nautical theme was perfect for the Lafayette Soiree’s location at the spectacular historic George Moss Stoney home and blooming gardens downtown on The Point fronting the Beaufort River.  All watched a full moon rise over the water and a fireworks display that marked the 190th anniversary of Lafayette’s visit to Beaufort in 1825.  After one of the Lowcountry’s best Silent Auctions, open bar and heavy hor d’oeuvres from seven participating restaurants, many danced into the night to Atlanta’s famous CEO Band.

     


    Learn Beaufort’s Civil War History at the Verdier House Artifacts, models and photographs abound

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    Model of USS Walbash

    The Verdier House collection of scale models related to local Civil War history has been expanded to include the USS Wabash, the ship that led the November 1861 invasion of Port Royal Sound. The Wabash was just seven years old when it steamed into Port Royal Sound and changed the lives of Sea Islanders forever.

    The Wabash joins scale models of the SS Planter and the Robert Smalls House both of which played roles in the life of Robert Smalls, a slave-turned-Civil War hero from Beaufort who went on to become a state and U.S. legislator and powerful local politician. All three models are the creations of Dennis Cannady, a scale model craftsman, retired mechanical engineer and Civil War enthusiast.

     Spearheading the assault on Port Royal Sound, the Wabash led the largest invasion fleet yet organized by the U.S. Navy, containing 77 vessels and 16,000 Army troops under Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Sherman. Following the furious four-hour battle, the Wabash led the battle line.
    Once Beaufort was occupied by Union troops, Civil War photographer Samuel Cooley set up shop here on Craven Street and a large collection of his photos illustrating the occupation of Bay Street are also exhibited.

    The Verdier House at 801 Bay Street is open Mondays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with tours given on the half hour; closed Christmas and New Year’s days.

    Admission is free to HBF members, active military and children; $10 for adults. Purchase of a membership includes a free tour.

    Call 379-6335 for information.