Series Title: Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Book theme: State & Local
Author: Polly Wylly Cooper & Betty Wylly Collins
Street Date: June 17, 2003
Item Number (DPCI): 247-39-5905
Beaufort, South Carolina, the Palmetto State's second-oldest town, is a paradigm of the Low Country. Historic mansions overlook the bay with century-old oaks standing sentinel. Visitors to Beaufort feel right at home, and those with a love of history have a true appreciation of the area. Since its discovery by the Spaniards in the early 1500s, Beaufort has experienced numerous personalities and ways of life, from plantations to war, phosphate mining, hurricanes, and large-scale truck farming. Gullah, a culture and dialect spoken by ex-slaves and their descendants, is kept alive at Penn Center, the first school for the newly emancipated. Three military installations are here: Marine Corps Recruit Parris Island, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, and the U.S. Naval Hospital Beaufort. Various forts, churches, and schools served the area in their specific ways. Today, some lie in ruins offering peaceful repose while others remain intact and are well preserved. Beaufort's quaint downtown is a National Historic Landmark District.