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Beaufort, South Carolina

Updated on November 21, 2014
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Historic Beaufort

On a recent trip south we took a side trip to the beautiful town of Beaufort, South Carolina to meet up with some friends. We stayed at the cottage of the Rhett House Inn, a delightful Bed&Breakfast just a couple of blocks from the historic downtown area.

We found the town of Beaufort to be a charming southern town, with streets lined with spanish moss covered live oak trees. We walked to the historic downtown area and enjoyed the shops and the friendly people. The downtown area is just across from the waterfront, where there is a lovely park and a nice variety of restaurants overlooking the water.

In this lens, I will share some of my photographs of our stay and also some of the links I used in planning our getaway.

photograph is of the Rhett House Inn cottage, where we stayed

photographs by Mary Beth Granger

St. Helena's Episcopal Church - historic church

This historic church was first opened in 1724. During the civil war the church was used as a hospital and some of the tombstones were used as operating tables.

This church was just across the street from the Rhett House Cottage where we were staying. it is surrounded by a fascinating old brick wall and inside the wall and all around the church is the cemetery. There are many tombstones from the Civil War era.

Path along the side of church

This photo was taken inside the brick wall surrounding the church.

Beaufort Waterfront

shops, restaurants, and relaxation

The Beaufort waterfront was a wonderful place to take a stroll or just sit in some of the big wooden swings and enjoy the peace and beauty of the water.

Beaufort Waterfront at Dusk

Beaufort Waterfront at Dusk
Beaufort Waterfront at Dusk

Beaufort South Carolina - waterfront park

The waterfront park is beautifully landscaped and has many benches and wooden swings to sit and relax. On the one side is the water and on the other side the park adjoins the restaurants where on a nice evening you can sit outside and enjoy of variety of good southern cooking and seafood.

Rhett House Inn Bed & Breakfast

Rhett House Inn Bed & Breakfast
Rhett House Inn Bed & Breakfast

Where is Beaufort, South Carolina

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History of Beaufort, South Carolina

If you are interested in reading more of the history of Beaufort here is a book detailing the history of the town.

Have you ever been to Beaufort? - stop by and leave a message

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      poutine 5 years ago

      "Rhett House Inn Bed & Breakfast" photo is beautiful, wish I were there.

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      sittonbull 5 years ago

      We go to Hilton Head most every year, but went to Fripp Island for two recent trips where we spent time in Beaufort. It is a beautiful place and I have two classmates from The Citadel who are writers who have a residence there... John Warley and Pat Conroy. John is in the process of writing a historical novel about Beaufort now. My last trip there was during the Water Festival which is their biggest annual event and well worth attending. I made myself a promise to arrange a camping trip to Hunting Island in the fall when the temperature was cooling. It's a wonderful example of accessible coastal wilderness with lots of wildlife and beauty. Very nice lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Beaufort is a lovely town but then we think the whole state of South Carolina is lovely. You will have to come to Pendleton in the upstate on your next trip South. We don't have any lighthouses but we do have a Widow's Walk and it is said that it was one of the first built not on the coast.

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      WhiteOak50 5 years ago

      Just the other day a friend was tell me about Beaufort and after listening to her I decided to put it on my list of places to visit. After seeing the pictures now I want to go very soon, it is beautiful.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      The old bed and breakfast in Beaufort South Carolina is gorgeous. It is amazing how large and majestic the old mansions were. They must have really been chilly in the winter before electricity came along.

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I was there once a long time ago; and I would enjoy a return trip. Your photos as excellent as always.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What lovely photos you captured in Beaufort, SC! Looks like I need to add another spot to go to on my bucket list.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      South Carolina is a beautiful state! I have never been to Beaufort. I will have to seek it out the next time I visit SC. As always, your beautiful photos make me wish I was there :)

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      That part of SC is full on history, I love old heritages towns, and again you make great pictures. "The path along the side of church" is so beautiful and peaceful . Blessings!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 5 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Great pics of a beautiful town! *Blessed*

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      Glenda Motsavage 5 years ago from The Sunshine State

      One of my favorite little Southern towns! Just returned from there a few days ago. Thanks for a great lens!

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      Steve and Annette 5 years ago

      No, I haven't been there but we may spend a weekend in the area this summer. Great lens - thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi there,

      Just wanted to let you know about the new farmers market!:

      The Pick Pocket Plantation Farmers Market will kick off on Tuesday, June 21st and will run every Tuesday through September.

      The market will run from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Visitors and locals alike will enjoy fresh local produce, delicious food, live music, pony rides, great food and art, plus fun activities for the kids and tours of the beautiful plantation home! Located 5 minutes from downtown Beaufort, people will go back in time at the 15 acre Pick Pocket Plantation Farmers Market!

      Check out our website:


      The Pick Pocket Plantation Farmers Market

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Beaufort is a really lovely place to visit. So southern and so scenic. Beautiful pictures.

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      ulla_hennig 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing those lovely pictures! They really make me come over and visit the "old south"!

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      What a beautiful town! I'd love to be able to visit - but I'm in California. Well, maybe someday! (blessing lens!)

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      ItsAngel LM 7 years ago

      This is great! I live in Charleston, Beaufort is a sweet little town. Its a starch reminder of the "old" south with the robust of the new.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Beautiful place. I would love to visit. Great products too.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Beautiful place. I would love to visit. Great products too.

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Beautiful! Beaufort is a special spot, Indeed! Lensrolling to my South Carolina lenses!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Lovely pictures and history tour of Beaufort, SC. I've been to ... and through ... Beaufort more times than I can count. Spent 3 years living in North Augusta, SC from which we spent as many weekends as possible camping at Hunting Island State Park and/or visiting friends on Fripp Island, both reached by going first through Beaufort! Then spent another 13 years living on Tybee Island, GA, only a bit of an hour away from Beaufort, SC, and traveled up there frequently. Love Beaufort - almost moved there once :-). Enjoyed your tour!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Beautiful photos! Makes me want to visit Beaufort.

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      We've only driven through the historic part on our way to camp on Hunting Island. I have been to the lighthouse and out to Fripp Inlet down the way a little. I've always wanted to go in the Rhett House. Your photos are simply beautiful.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Gorgeous photos of a beautiful historic town. I love Beaufort, South Carolina. I hope you will submit this great lens to our South Carolina Group.