Beaufort’s Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens Offers Visitors a Rare Look into Privately Owned Home

Beaufort, S.C. – August 14, 2014 – Beaufort’s annual Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens returns this October to give visitors the rare opportunity to explore private homes, gardens and plantations in Beaufort’s National Historic District. The festival will feature properties that represent three centuries of Beaufort architecture and will be held from Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26.

The festival, presented by the Historic Beaufort Foundation, offers three tours that are available to visitors during the festival, including the Walking Tour, the Ramble Around Beaufort and the Kitchens & Cuisine Tour.

• The Walking Tour is available on Friday, October 24, at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. All properties close at 6 p.m. The Walking Tour features seven houses including the William Flickling House and the John & Flora Trask House on Bay Street, as well as six private homes, and the Verdier House.

• The Ramble Around Beaufort Tour is available on Saturday, October 25, beginning at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. All properties close at 4 p.m. The tour offers a different selection of houses including the George Moss Stoney House, the McKee-Smalls House and the newly restored McGrath Scheper House. In addition to five downtown properties, this tour includes the house and grounds of Chelsea Plantation, just out side of Beaufort and the Maritime Center of the Port Royal Sound Foundation. Please note that automobile transportation is required to visit country sites.

• The Kitchens & Cuisine Tour takes place on Sunday, October 26, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The two-hour tour takes place in historic downtown Beaufort and on Lady’s Island, so automobile transportation is required.

Tickets are limited and are currently available for purchase for $45 each; advance ticket purchase is recommended. To order tickets, call (843) 379-3331; visit or mail order at P.O. Box 11, Beaufort, S.C. 29901. All sales are final. Tours will proceed rain or shine.

“Our Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens offers visitors the chance to, not only visit, but truly appreciate the historic architecture of these homes, gardens and plantations,” said Robb Wells, tourism division executive for the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We love sharing these beautiful sites with the public every year.”

These self-guided tours are the primary fundraiser for the Historic Beaufort Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving sites of historic or architectural significance in Beaufort County.

Individuals interested in learning more about or becoming a member of the foundation should visit

Sponsors of the 2014 Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens include: Publix Super Markets Charities, Spring Island and Lowcountry Real Estate.

About the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce represents the city of Beaufort, the second oldest city in South Carolina. Founded by the British in 1711, the city has a rich history that dates back centuries with ties to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Beaufort is made up of Port Royal Island and its surrounding area within the Lowcountry. The city generates approximately two million visitors annually, and is regarded as one of the most diverse communities because of its historic character and prominent architecture. It is home to one of the largest population of Gullahs, a culture known for preserving its African linguistic and cultural heritage more than any other African-American community within the United States. The Marine Corps Recruit Depot for the Eastern Seaboard can also be found in Beaufort, in addition to the Marine Corps Air Station and Naval Hospital.

The Beaufort Visitors Center is located at 713 Craven Street in downtown Beaufort.

For more information about Beaufort, visit, and

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