Beaufort is a small city on Port Royal Island and is one of the oldest cities in South Carolina, known for its beautifully preserved antebellum mansions and meticulously restored historic downtown district. The city’s scenic location on the Beaufort River combined with its rugged coastline and rich history attract thousands of tourists. Beaufort is also known as one of the best American small cities to live in. The John Mark Verdier House Museum, a Federal-style 1800s mansion that is now a house museum, is a great place to get the feel of Beaufort’s rich past and learn about its history. Strolling through Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park along the Beaufort River provides great views of the Woods Memorial Bridge and the boats on the river. The city is also known for its rich art scene and many lively festivals.
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