Historic Beaufort Foundation’s flagship property, John Mark Verdier House, was opened as a house museum in 1976. The Verdier House has a rich and varied history from its construction in 1804, its use as the Union headquarters during the Civil War, as a commercial property housing everything from a tavern to the first telephone company and through its restoration by Historic Beaufort Foundation and registration as a National Historic Landmark.
Under HBF’s ongoing commitment to educational programming, special tours have been developed for 3rd grade, 4th grade, 8th grade and high school students. All tours are correlated with South Carolina educational standards for Social Studies/History. All student tours are free but must be scheduled in advance.
From October 20, 2016 until March 31, 2017, HBF will be hosting the “Remnants of the Rice Culture” exhibit in the Verdier House. Special educational programming has been developed to coordinate with the exhibit. More information below.
In addition to the docent guided tours, Historic Beaufort Foundation also offers teachers a choice of three self-guided tours around Beaufort: “Civil War Walking Tour”, “Robert Smalls Walking Tour”, and “Early Beaufort Walking Tour.”
Help us to best facilitate your experience by considering the following:
- Group size: A group is defined as a minimum of 10 students who arrange their visit through the Educational Coordinator. Bus drivers, and teachers are admitted free. Chaperones are admitted free with a 1:6 chaperone-to-student ratio. Additional adults must pay the regular group admission fee of $8.00 per person.
- Days & Times: Group tours and educational programs can be scheduled between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Most programs are one hour in length. Programs can be coordinated with HBF’s self-guiding walking tours.
- When to Book: Tours should be reserved at least one month prior to your visit. The high-demand months of April, May and June fill quickly. Please consider booking early in the school year.
- Rescheduling: If you need to cancel a program or are delayed more than 15 minutes, please contact HBF at 843.379.3331.