Craven Street Inn

1103 Craven Street, Beaufort, South Carolina, 29902, United States

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George Elliott House c 1844 (#1 on walking tour)

by grandmaR

I could not figure out what house this was until I looked at the tiny sign on the railing, which for an office of an attorney. Then I found that it was the George Elliott house of 1001 Bay Street.

Before the Civil War, Dr. W. A. Jenkins a rich planter and slave owner from St. Helena Island bought the house from George Elliott. After the war it was sold by the Federal Government (probably for taxes) to George Holmes. His wife, Julia Hazel Holmes lived in the house until her death in the 1930s. Originally, the house had no second story verandah - that was added in the late nineteenth century.

After that, the Historic Beaufort Foundation used it as a museum until 1995. It is currently used as offices subject to a conservation easement. "Among the many excellent features of the house are a fine fan lit doorway [which you can't see in my picture], attractive iron railings, and good interior details including marble mantels, gilded cornices and moldings." I don't see any iron railings, and I don't know whether the interior details are still extant or if they could be seen by a visitor.

Berners Barnwell Sams House c 1852 (#11 on tour)

by grandmaR

This house at 201 Laurens Street sports massive Doric pillars which support the flat roof and second floor veranda. The front walls are Flemish bond brick; all other walls are Common bond brick. The buildings on the grounds include a blacksmith shop, a cook house, laundry and rooms for the household servants. Dr. Berners Barnwell Sams first built a house on New Street. This house was used as a Civil War hospital.

St. Helena's Episcopal Church c.1724 (#22 on tour)

by grandmaR

Saint Helena's Parish was organized in 1712 and construction of the church began in 1724. It is one of the oldest active churches in the United States. Colonel Jack "Tuscarora Jack" Barnwell founder of Beaufort, is buried here.

The church was used as a hospital during the Civil War, when its flat tombstones became operating tables.

Conant House c 1870 (#36 on the Walking Tour)

by grandmaR

Built originally as a family home, it became the Bellamy Inn, and then served as a funeral parlor, antique shop and real estate office. It was purchased and restored by the Greater Beaufort Chamber of Congress for use as a visitor's center in 1997.

There are exhibits inside on Beaufort history and architecture, and businesses which are members of the Chamber of Congress have their own exhibits, or in the case of restaurants, there is a book of menus. You can also book tours of the city here.

If coming from the South, take I-95 North to Exit 8, turn and go about 5 or 6 miles staying in the left lane. There will be a small sign for left turn to Beaufort. Follow to Hwy 170. Turn left on Hwy 170 and follow to Beaufort. The Visitor's Center is at 1106 Carteret Street. It is open 9 am - 5 pm Mon. - Fri.

lewis reeve sams house

by doug48

lewis reeve sams built this beaufort style house in 1852. union troops used this house as an hospital during the occupation of beaufort during the civil war. this is probably the most famous home in beaufort in that it was featured in the 1990's film the "prince of tides".

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