South Carolina is a state that exemplifies history and culture. Throughout time it has been home to many prominent plantations and mansions. If you’re a history or architecture buff, you need to experience the Beaufort, SC, Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens. This three-day annual event takes place every fall and attracts visitors from all over. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay during the festival, look no further than the Cuthbert House Inn. You’ll be right in the heart of the festivities in the National Historic Landmark District.
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All About the Beaufort, SC, Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens
The Beaufort, SC, Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens is a three-day annual event that is held by the Historic Beaufort Foundation. It features walking tours of private, historic homes and plantations, that aren’t always open to the public. As you tour these gorgeous houses, three centuries of architecture and the culture of our coastal community will encompass you.
The Historic Beaufort Foundation
This treasured event would not be possible without the Historic Beaufort Foundation. Their mission is to preserve, protect, and present historic buildings and sites. This festival is just one of the many ways that they advocate for the integrity of the National Historic Landmark District.
During the Fall Festival, visitors are invited to explore the Beaufort Historic District from a rare vantage point. Private homes, gardens, and plantations open their doors and allow you in. Featured locations during the festival vary, we’ve listed some below.
Robert Means House
- Built: 1805
- Located: Bay Street
- This home belonged to Robert Means, a prominent Beaufort merchant, and planter.
William Ritchie House
- Built: 1883
- Located: Bay Street
- Built by William Ritchie, a foot soldier from Connecticut who came to Beaufort with the Northern army.
Dr. Joseph Johnson House (locally known as “The Castle”)
- Built: 1861
- Located: Craven Street
- This mansion spans over an entire city block. Previously, it served as a hospital during the civil war.
William Fripp House
- Built: 1850
- Located: Federal Street
- William Fripp was one of the area’s wealthiest planters during the 19th century. Fripp was a generous and good-hearted man, known by many throughout the state as “Good Billy Fripp.”
Attend the Festival
The Fall Festival is an exceedingly popular event. Don’t let it sell out before you get your tickets! To purchase your tickets, please call the Historic Beaufort Foundation or visit their website to buy online.
The Historic Cuthbert House Inn
The Cuthbert House was originally built in 1790 for the Cuthberts, a family of wealthy plantation owners. It was a cool retreat by the water, ideal for taking advantage of the fresh breezes of the coast. The Cuthbert family spent the summer in this home receiving visits from other prominent families of the area. When the National Historic Landmark Program began in 1960, the Cuthbert House was one of the first homes in Beaufort to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After a close call with destruction in the late 1960s, the Cuthbert House has been lovingly restored by four families to the grand manor and bed and breakfast you can enjoy today.
Stay at the Cuthbert House Inn Bed and Breakfast
When you’re traveling for the Beaufort, SC, Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens, stay at the historic Cuthbert House Inn. Our unrivaled waterfront location and our beautiful accommodations make our historic bed and breakfast the best place to stay in the area.
Rest your head in the Ballroom, one of our luxury bayfront king rooms. Unwind and end your evening curled up by the cozy, in-room fireplace with a book and glass of wine. Then, get a good night’s sleep in the comfortable, 18th-century four-poster rice bed. To begin planning your trip to the Lowcountry, check our availability, and reserve a room today. We can’t wait to host you!