Beaufort Local Customs

  • Robert W. and Elva Faison Safrit Historical Center
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  • Variable height picket fence
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    Wavy Fences and Porches

    by grandmaR Written May 8, 2005

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    Variable height picket fence

    Beaufort has several private residences that are over 200 years old, and at least 100 buildings that are more than a century old. Unfortunately, there is no comprehensive map of these home, so I do not know which one of them is in this picture.

    Early homes were built with boat building skills and tools, and the houses look a bit like the double porch styles of the Bahamas and West Indies. Almost all the homes from simple cottages to Greek Revival styles have porches.

    The Beaufort Historical Society literature also indicates that these wavy fences are unique to Beaufort, and tries to make a link between that and an old law stating that pigs had to be kept in the yard. Any pig found in the street could be slaughtered by the finder, although they had to give half to the church to feed the hungry.

    Personally though, I can't see why a wavy fence would be better to keep pigs in. Plus I know that this style of fence is also found in Oxford MD and other places/

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    Beaufort Historic Site

    by grandmaR Written May 8, 2005

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    Robert W. and Elva Faison Safrit Historical Center

    All tours (and there is a charge for the tours) start at the Safrit Historical Center which also had a small museum, local crafts and visitor information

    They also have several annual events

    Publick Day (3rd Saturday in April) Colonial flea market with local and regional vendors, entertainment music and games (FREE)

    Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour (Last full weekend in June) is a walking tour of the private historic homes. There is a charge for this tour.

    Antiques Show and Sale (also the last full weekend in June) held in Morehead City. Entrance fee

    Community Thanksgiving Feast (Sunday before Thanksgiving) served in the Josiah Bell house dining room (NOT free)

    Coastal Carolina Christmas Walk (second Saturday in December) Open house self guided walking tour of Beaufort Historic Site and historic B&Bs (FREE)

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    Historic District Homes

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    The houses in the historic district are labeled as this display in the Historical Society shows.

    There is a map which shows the various properties, numbered for a walking tour. But although we drove around and I took pictures of everything that wasn't moving, I did not get pictures of:

    1709 Hammock House - Oldest house in Beaufort.
    1764 Langdon House - built by Rich Barker.
    1771 Morse House - cannon ball found here
    1772 Gibbes House
    1774 Allen Davis House - General Burnside's headquarters
    1778 Rumley House originally used wooden pegs instead of nails
    1778 Leffer's Cottage is a good example of a 'story and a jump' or one and a half story house.
    1779 Bears House (steamboat gothic style house said to have been sold for a cow and a calf)
    1820 Purvis Chapel - the oldest Beaufort church in continuous use
    1825 Josiah Bell House
    1827 Hatsell House
    1831 Odd Fellows Lodge - built by the same brick masons who were working on Fort Macon
    1837 Joel Henry Davis house was used as a dorm for boys from more rural areas.
    1839 John Hill House - Originally build on Portsmouth Island
    1840 Rev. Jones House - first house in Beaufort to have a phone but Mrs. Jones was so fearful that she had it installed on a post in the yard.
    1854 Carteret Academy - three story house with classrooms on the first floor
    1857 Leecraft House -Union Provost Marshalls headquarters. Axe marks made by soldiers still visible
    1857 - St. Paul's Episopal Church - built by local shipbuilders.
    1907 Carteret County Courthouse - statue of Confederate soldier faces south

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