Beaufort Travel Guide

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Beaufort Highlights

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     Visit-You Won't Want to Leave 

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    msmert says…

     Little parking space for visitors and few eating places. Cost of living too high for inhabitants. 

  • In a nutshell
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     A penisula on the Atlantic Ocean for visitors 

Beaufort Things to Do

  • Queen Anne's Revenge is NOT a travel...

    The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort is the official repository for artifacts from Blackbeard, who some consider to have been the world’s most famous pirate. The museum is also the centerpiece of Blackbeard’s Pirate Trail. The museum’s exhibit, Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge, features more than 300 artifacts from the pirate’s flagship,...

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  • Crystal Coast Lady Cruises

    We went on the dinner cruise and we had a wonderful time. The boat was big and spacious and the crew was very friendly and helpful. They had many other cruise options as well so there is something for everyone! I would recommend this to anyone in the Crystal Coast area and plan on coming back next year!

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  • The Duke University Marine Lab

    One of the most unexpected and wonderful experiences for me was my first visit to the Duke Marine Lab. It is unique in the world and now comprises a central component of the Nicholas School of the Environment's mission to provide interdisciplinary educational and research opportunities addressing an area of vital concern--the quality of the Earth's...

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  • The North Carolina Maritime Museum

    What a fabulous museum! Two floors, multiple rooms, themed, I could have spent all day there just looking at their extensive seashell collection.There's a lighthouse lens in there that is a virtual work of art. The pirates' corner was engaginly whimsical. There is also an impressive Coast Guard display- uniforms through the ages, the first " one...

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  • More to Do Than You Would Imagine

    -Walk or bike the Historic District-at least 100 homes...from 100 to 300 years old.-Beaufort Historic Site...tour selected buildings, including old court house and jail.-Tour-guided commentary via boat or BHA's Red English Bus.-Tour-guided visit to Old Burial Ground...or pick up a brochure and do a self tour...not to be missed.-NC Maritime...

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  • Beaufort Historic District Tour

    Beaufort reacted to the American Revolution by providing men, leadership and supplies to the colonial army. Near the end of the war, the Royal Governor Thomas Burke sent a force of 250 men and four vessels to Beaufort to “plunder and destroy the Town of Beaufort”. The schoolhouse was burned after a fight between the enemy and the town force. There...

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Beaufort Restaurants

  • yummmmmmm Des

    The Beaufort Grocery Company Located in Beaufort's Historic District on Queen Street, between Front and Ann Streets... its one of our fav. in the area... great food especially the desert... its on a lovely street across from a old historical B and B and right near the water... its laid back but still very nice...closed on Tuesdays... open for lunch...

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  • great view...

    a local place on the boardwalk... its casual... we have only went for lunch and sat out on the patio so we could people watch and see the boats. it's very low key and thought we didn’t get to enjoy the music they are suppose to have some good bands in the evenings... some Jimmy Buffet throw back stuff... The fries were good everything else was a...

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  • Beers on Tap and Bottled

    I have not eaten hereClawson's 1905 is housed in the middle of the downtown in what was Clawson's General Store back in the early 1900s. According to the Crystal Coast Review, you can step up for a cup of joe at the Fishtowne Java coffee bar; shop the general store shelves for a T-shirt or other Clawson's-branded merchandise; proceed to the...

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Beaufort Transportation

  • Four Wheeled Vehicle

    Although I have said that the only way to get to Beaufort is by boat, practically speaking you have to have a car. There's no train, subway or nearby airport, and most people aren't going to be traveling by bike. So as in a lot of the US, the default is the automobile.And that goes for getting around town as well, although a bicycle would also be a...

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  • Only By Boat

    Beaufort is a seaport town from way back. In 1722, Beaufort became both the port of entry and the courthouse town for Carteret precinct. For hundreds of years, Beaufort could be reached only by boat. It wasn't until the very early 20th century that there were roads. Beaufort is still best reached by boat, although Morehead City has taken over as...

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Beaufort Shopping

  • Richard Rustell House 1732

    This is a frame dwelling with a tin roof. The exterior has been restored.· Richard Rustull, John Shackleford, John Nelson, Joseph Bell, Christopher Gale were a group of town fathers who were the first Commissioners and among the vestrymen of St. John’s Parish in 1723.In the Rustell House is located Mattie King Davis Art Gallery on the grounds of...

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  • Not a Shopping Cart

    The name of this shop peked my attention, and I was sure there must be a story behind it. This is 'the rest of the story".Susie Haupt came to Beaufort without a job, and created the MataSun Bag, a gear container that turned into a beach mat. From there it was a short stop to the SunTote by Suzie: a terrycloth bag that turns into a beach towel. Now...

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Beaufort Local Customs

  • Wavy Fences and Porches

    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...

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  • Beaufort Historic Site

    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 eventsPublick Day (3rd Saturday in April) Colonial flea market with local and regional vendors, entertainment music and games (FREE)Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens...

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  • Historic District Homes

    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...

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Beaufort Warnings and Dangers

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    by grandmaR Updated May 8, 2005

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    The Beaufort Historical Society has walking tours that you can take (Monday to Saturday 10, 11:30, 1 and 3 tickets $6 adults $4 children) through various restored dwellings, and there is a double decker bus tour April through October (not running when we were there in March) which again is $6 for adults. There are also various books you can buy (more money). If you don't want to pay to find out about the various historic homes and buildings though, they do have a one page map.

    I am a connoisseur of historical tour maps. This one is seriously deficient in two ways.

    1) They don't have the addresses of any of the buildings, so you can't really tell where they are or whether you have found them. I was not able to identify the Duncan House until I found an antique post card of it. It wouldn't cost anything to put the addresses in there..

    The URL below is of other unidentified houses. The top picture has an address on it but it does me no good to know where it is.

    2) There are no pictures of the various buildings, and not all of them are pictured on the internet. This might be a bit more expensive to do.

    This picture is of a house that I thought was one of the historic houses, but it doesn't look like the pictures of it that I see on the internet.

    The other problem is that the names of the houses are written in script and the script is impossible to read. The signs on the house are also written in script. Same problem.

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Beaufort Off The Beaten Path

  • Sloo House 1768

    This Federal style house on Front Street was built around 1768 as the home of a ship captain. The sea captain's daughter died at sea. Her body was preserved in a keg of rum. She is now buried in the Old Burying Ground

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  • Gabriel House c 1880

    I can find no information about this house except for a painting by Mary Warshaw which is of almost exactly this view. Her note indicates that the house was built about 1880. She says "..all I know is that it was handed down by virtue of "lifetime rights."

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  • Duncan Hall 1900

    It is hard to believe, but the Beaufort Historical Society map notes that this house was moved from the corner lot by mules, and the invalid owner didn't realize what was taking place until he saw the scenery outside his window changing. It certainly looks settled now. I was only able to identify it because I found an antique postcard of it,...

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Beaufort Sports & Outdoors

  • MM 200.9 Town Creek Marina

    Town Creek is the backside of Beaufort - the town faces on Taylor Creek. When we anchored in Beaufort (inset) we anchored in past this marina, and when we have considered going to a marina in Beaufort, this is the marina we would go to. It looks like they have a restaurant right there, and they give a Boat US discount.They have a courtesy car for...

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  • MM 202.3 Anchorage in Town Creek

    We anchored here in 2000 to the east of the marina in 6+ feet of water. There is a shoal to be avoided on the red side (south) all the way in to the anchorage, but there is plenty of room between the three black and white markers (A, B, and C) for anchoring, although there are permanent moorings there (including a fish bait shack on a raft when we...

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Beaufort Favorites

  • The Old Burying Ground

    The Old Burying Ground grew up around the building used for sessions of the Court and for reading the service of the Anglican Church in St. John's Parish. The earliest graves which are in the northwest corner would have been marked by cedar slabs or shells due to lack of indigenous stone. (And since there was no access to Beaufort except by boat,...

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  • Beaufort Channel Bridge

    The Coast Guard calls this the Beaufort Channel. I know it as the Gallant Channel bridge.In April of 2001, the Coast Guard wrote: "The Graydon Paul Bridge is the connecting bridge between Beaufort and Morehead City, North Carolina on US 70. This is the only corridor into Beaufort without making a 3 hour commute around Carteret County. Eleven to...

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  • BOW-Fort

    My tip is that the town's name is pronounced BO fort (like a hair bow or a girls beau). The one in South Carolina is pronounced Beuw as in beautiful. So in North Carolina, you pull back a BOW to shoot an arrow at the Fort, and in South Carolina it is BEAUTIFUL Beaufort. Looking at the old homes in the historic district.

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