Welcome To KEY TO THE CITY's Page For
Beaufort County, South Carolina
29901, 29902, 29903, 29904, 29905, 29906
"300 Years of History by the Sea"
Chamber of Commerce.
Beaufort's history dates back thousands of years with the Archaic Indians. It was first visited by Spanish explorers in 1520. French captain, Jean Ribaut named the area Porte Royall in 1652. Others came and some left but the area continued to grow. The city began it's peak time around 1800 when Sea Island Cotton debuted. Many of the mansions and businesses were built during this time. Port Royal incorporated in 1874, but the town floundered after a hurricane in 1893. The town of Port Royal is now surrounded by the City of Beaufort. The entire Beaufort downtown area is designated as a historic district. More historical inforamtion and a few pictures may be found at this page
Call 1-800-638-3525 for visitor and relocation information
Hunting Island State Park
16 miles east of Beaufort on US 21. It is a 5,000 acre park located on an island. Features include fishing, picnic areas, cabins, camping and a lighthouse.
713 Craven St
Beaufort, SC 29902
Phone: 843-379-3331 The Beaufort Museum, housed in the 1795 Beaufort Arsenal, has exhibits that tell the story of cotton, rice and indigo creating plantation life, then the wars which changed the character of the area along with that of the country.
John Mark Verdier House
This home was built about 1805 for a wealthy merchant-planter. It has been restored by the Historic Beaufort Foundation. (843) 379-6335 801 Bay St.
There are over 60 small islands that are designated as the Sea Islands. The main ones are connected by bridge, but some are accessable only by boat. Learn more about the Sea Islands at this site.
Beaufort and Port Royal are home to three military bases, and more than 17,000 active duty military members and their families live and work in the area. In Port Royal, the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island. The Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort is home to Marine Aircraft Group-31, one of the world's largest aircraft groups. The Naval Hospital meets the medical needs of the area's Marines and sailors, their families, and the many military retirees here.
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The Shrimp Festival
This event includes a Popcorn Shrimp Run, golf tournament, a 5K Run/Walk and a celebration of the shrimping industry. Lots of food, arts and crafts, and the annual blessing of the fleet are among the features of this festival. Great entertainment is always planned.
Every year in the Fall
Fall Festival of Houses & History is an annual highlight of the Historic Beaufort Foundation when tours of various historic homes are offered along with accompanying entertainment.
Heritage Days offers an annual observance of the African American heritage so carefully preserved at Penn Center, a designated national historic landmark on St. Helena Island. Craft demonstrations, museum tours, gospel singing, storytelling, art exhibits and much more are an exhilirating and educational mix.
Beaufort OrganizationsGreater Beaufort Chamber of Commerce
1106 Carteret Street
P.O. Box 910
Beaufort, SC 29901
Fax: (843) 986-5405
Beaufort Libraries Beaufort County Library
311 Scott St
Beaufort, SC 29902-5556
Beaufort Schools Beaufort County School District
1300 King St
Beaufort, SC 29901