Beaufort, North Carolina has gained many accolades over the years, including ranking among America’s “Most Romantic Towns,” “Favorite Beach Towns,” “Quirkiest Towns,” “Best Towns for the Holidays,” and most recently, “America’s Favorite Town” of all! But, did you know that Beaufort holds the special title of North Carolina’s third-oldest town? With the help of a dedicated local organization, the marvelous history surrounding Beaufort is available for you to enjoy.
Founded in 1960 by a thoughtful group of local citizens, the Beaufort Historical Association has worked tirelessly over the years to identify, restore and preserve important artifacts and buildings that tell the story of Beaufort and its people.
Today, this organization maintains Beaufort Historic Site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Situated in the center of the town’s historic district, the Site is comprised of six authentically restored buildings and the Old Burying Grounds. Visitors can explore the buildings, which include historically accurate private homes, the original Carteret County Courthouse, the Old Jail (a visitor favorite), and the Apothecary and Doctor’s Office. The Site also includes an art gallery where local artists’ work is exhibited.
Priceless collections of artifacts and antiques can be found throughout the properties, and volunteers offer tours, activities and special programs throughout the year for all visitors, young and young at heart.
Learn more about Beaufort Historic Site, its dedicated volunteers, and the compelling history of this seaside town in the video below.
Location: 100 Block Turner Street, Beaufort, NC