37. Anchorage 1770 Bed and Breakfast
Recently renovated, Anchorage 1770 overlooks the bay and provides the ideal setting for your evening cocktail with friends. Watch the sun set over the water and enjoy the top notch service from the friendly folks at Anchorage 1770. This bed and breakfast dates back to, you guessed it!, 1770 and has a long and incredible history. For the first 100 years, this mansion was known as the William Elliot House, named after William Elliot III, a highly successful politician, planter, sportsman and author. After Mr. Elliot fled to Flat Rock, North Carolina when the Union army approached Beaufort during the Civil War, it was used as a Union hospital. In the years following the war, the home was purchased for $4,000 by Naval officer, Rear Admiral Lester Beardslee and, in 1901, he completed a total renovation of the home, rendering it Beaufort’s grandest mansion with no expense spared. During the next century, after the death of Admiral Beardslee’s wife, Evelyn, Anchorage 1770 changed hands several times and underwent numerous renovations. It was used as a restaurant, offices, and a guest house at one time or another and escaped destruction and demolition more than once. Finally in May of 2014, after sitting vacant for a number of years, the historical home was purchased by the current owners, Frank and Amy Lesesne. They have done a tremendous job renovating while maintaining the historical features of the mansion.