Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 1165 BEAUFORT, PORT ROYAL & THE SEA ISLANDS OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE W elcome to the best hometown in the world: Historic waterfront Beaufort, the second oldest city in South Carolina, situated conveniently between Charleston and Savannah along the Intracoastal Waterway. Beaufort has deep roots in American history and is said, by one of our celebrated historians, to be a place where much of our great nations history began. We pride ourselves on providing visitors a rich experience consumed by history and culture, dining, annual events and cultural festivals, the arts and outdoor recreation. Exploration of Beaufort by European settlers dates back to the early 16th century, when Spain first landed near Port Royal Sound. After nearly two centuries of attempts, land disputes and threats from competing European settlers, Englishmen founded the city of Beaufort in 1711. During the Revolutionary War, Beaufort was occupied by British troops and during the Civil War, Union soldiers occupied Beaufort while the Period of Reconstruction, unique to Beaufort, known by historians as The Port Royal Experiment, was launched toward the beginning of the war and long before it was over. The Lowcountry celebrates a long and positive relationship with the military through Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, a Marine Corp military base first built in 1861 and used from 1915 to present day, US Naval Hospital Beaufort and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. Beaufort is also known for its ongoing revival and celebration of the Gullah culture, as is reflected in much of the artwork, cooking and culture. And this is to say nothing about our broader and growing arts community, which has earned us the reputation as one of the best small cities for the arts. Visitors will also find a burgeoning dining scene within downtown Beaufort and its surrounding areas. Whether it’s fresh seafood and Southern-style cooking that you crave, or Gullah cuisine that blends flavors from Africa and the West Indies, we have a wide selection of local restaurants to choose from. Legend has it, Frogmore stew was first created in the surrounding area of Frogmore, on St Helena Island. OneoftheLowcountry’spearlsisHuntingIslandStatePark,themostfrequentedparkinthestate, featuring miles of untouched beaches and a historic lighthouse that guests can still climb for a bird’s eye view of the ocean and the untouched surrounding nature, with its network of trails for walking, bicyclingandadventure. We hope you enjoy your time in the Lowcountry and that you find your stay such an enriching experience that you return and refer us to family and friends as an enchanting place to live and visit. Again, welcome to Beaufort. Those of us who live here love it and we hope you will, too! Sincerely, Billy Keyserling Mayor, City of Beaufort