A 2-acre historic site is full of rich history. Guided tours available, from walking or a double-decker bus. Visitors can experience historic buildings, a visitor center, gift shop, burying grounds, art galleries, and more.
Beaufort Historic Site is a 2-acre historic site located in the heart of Beaufort, a historic district in North Carolina. The site is a non-profit organization. Organized in 1960 by volunteers, they became the Beaufort Historical Association. The association strives to research and preserve the town, as well as interpret the culture, buildings, and educate others about the historic life of this 300-year-old town. Located on-site is The Robert w. and Elva Faison Safrit Historical Center, which doubles as the visitor center and gift shop known as The Old Beaufort Shop. Visitors can obtain information and tour tickets here, along with shopping for unique gifts, souvenirs. The visitor center is open on Mondays to Saturdays from 9:30 am to 5 pm during the summer season of March to November. The winter season is from December to February, and it is open from 10 am to 4 pm during this time. Visitors are always welcome. Guided tours are available year-round from 10 am to 2 pm. Tickets are required for tours, ticket price includes tax. A one-hour advanced notice is required, including for guided tours, as well.
Tours include the 1778 cottage, 1825 Josia Bell House, 1825 Manson House, 1796 Country Jailhouse, the doctor's office, and more. Each building detects the different periods of life, from pirates, colonial times, and more. All tours are given by experienced docents who are always in time period attire. To tour the Old Burying Ground, a 24-hour reservation is required. Guests will experience a 300-year-old history at this historic gravesite. A double-decker bus tour also guarantees a unique experience. Ride on the 1967 English double-decker bus and hear the stories of the past. Besides tours, the Beaufort Historic Site hosts seasonal events along with living history programs. Programs can be customized to specific age groups, and they are comprised of engaging hands-on workshops. Guest can roleplay a court case in the century-old courthouse, along with learning how to bake, weave, make candles, and farm. Visitors of the site are also welcome to see the art gallery that is located at the historic Rusell House. This hosts memorable artwork, along with a featured artist. The gallery is open from 10 am to 4 pm. The Beaufort Historic Site is registered on the National Historic Place, as it tells the story of life here in North Carolina from the 18-19 century, and is enjoyable for the whole family.