There are three campuses of the University of SC in the Beaufort area. This is the North Campus. There is a more extensive area which is in the process of being expended at the South Campus, and there is also a Military Campus on the Marine Corps base.
Old Beaufort College at 800 Carteret Street was built in 1852 as a boys’ school and taken over during the Civil War by Gen. Stevens. It later became a private school, then a public school. It is now part of University of South Carolina.
Much of Beaufort is in a Historic District. The district starts at the Beaufort River (Boundry Street, Hamar and Bladen), and one can get a walking tour map. In season (when it isn't too cold) they have carriage tours, and there are also bus tours and boat trips, many of which leave from the marina.
There is a lovely waterfront park just north of the marina, which has wisteria blooming in the spring, and sometimes there are concerts there and swap meets. You will always receive a warm and friendly greeting from those you meet. A few steps away, there are galleries, antique shops, restaurants and cafes.
The park has plaques with local history explained.
On Feburary 22, 1886 the Chapel of Ease Episcopal Church was burned in a forest fire, and what remains are the ruins from this fire. If you have extra time, and are interested in historic ruins, then you would enjoy this. In 1740 this small chapel was built of tabby and brick for the parishioners on St. Helena Island. Tabby is a type of concrete made of lime, sand, and oyster shells. At one time tabby was a common building material through out the southeastern Atlantic coast. The Ruins are located on Land's End road on St. Helena Island.
The Elizabeth Hext House 'Riverview' is considered among the oldest houses in Beaufort, having been built in 1720. The house is set back off the street on a high tabby foundation.