Spotlight: The Charming Historic Beaufort District

Beaufort, SC, is simply marvelous. Maintaining a delicate balance of history, culture, adventure, and nature, there’s always something magical to do on a getaway to The Cuthbert House Inn. Combined, these elements compose the allure of our community as well as the iconic Historic Beaufort District. Whether you’ve visited this scenic area before or it’ll be your first time, touring the many historical sites, restaurants, and galleries will make a wonderful addition to your travels to the South Carolina Lowcountry.

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Historic Beaufort District: What You Need to Know

Before you tour Historic Beaufort District, use our local insights to gain a better understanding of the historical wonder of our town. We hope you enjoy the allure of our community as much we do!

Beaufort: A Living History

Did you know Beaufort traces its history as early as 4,000 B.C.? Indeed! However, our riverside retreat was not officially recorded until its discovery by a Spanish explorer, Captain Pedro de Salaza, in 1514; following the wave of exploration, French and English sailors made their way across the Atlantic to our shoreline. Over the centuries, our coastal community has played a pivotal role in the American Revolution and the Civil War because of the harbor, which is the second largest on the Eastern Seaboard. Another principle facet of our town is the deep roots of the interesting Gullah Culture!

Now, our bayfront gem is home to the many Beaufort, SC, Historic District restaurants, as well as a myriad of other places to tour, things to do, and activities to enjoy. Discover more of these locations and about the history of our beloved town in our free Travel Guide (link above)!

Beaufort Points of Interest

On Beaufort, SC, historic homes tour or a carriage tour, you’ll have the opportunity to reminiscence on a simpler time. Decorated with architecture from the Antebellum period, enjoy the splendor of The Bluff and the surrounding area. One of the most famous sites to visit is the John Mark Verdier House. This charming exhibit hall boasts a collection of stunning displays containing 18th-century artifacts and a classic Federal-style facade. Just a 6-minute walk from The Cuthbert House Inn, you’ll be just steps away from this beloved place on your getaway with us. In addition, enjoy a close proximity to these other locations including:

  • Beaufort Baptist Church
  • Beaufort County Courthouse
  • Edgar Fripp House | “Tidalholm”
  • James Robert Verdier House | “The Marshlands”
  • St. Helena’s Episcopal Church
  • U.S. Post Office
  • Wallace House
  • William Elliott House | “The Anchorage”

Fall Festival of Houses & Gardens

If you missed the Beaufort Home Tour 2018 this October, the Historic Beaufort Foundation presents this two-day again next year. Designed to enhance your learning and understanding of our intricate history, a number of Beaufort, SC, plantations, many of which are privately owned, will open their doors to the public. Explore the centuries-old architecture, the story behind each home, and a walk through the manicured gardens of the Beaufort Historic District. Since this cultural celebration is popular for many visitors and locals alike, we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance!

The Story of The Cuthbert House Inn

The Cuthbert House Inn is yet another home in the Beaufort Historic District. Nestled on Bay Street, our intimate bed and breakfast was originally built in 1805 by the Cuthberts, a family of wealthy plantation owners, as a bayside retreat. It remained a private residence until 1861 when the Union army, under the command of General Rufus Saxton, sieged Beaufort. His raid forced the living family members from the home. As the Civil War continued on, soldiers meandered through the quiet halls and even etched their names into the fireplaces in the various rooms such as Eastlake Suite. After the final battle, General Saxton purchased the home for himself, then sold it to Duncan Wilson, who is responsible for spearheading the expansion and redesigning of the home into its current state. During your stay, make time to explore various corners of our marvelous mansion.

Surround Yourself With History at The Cuthbert House Inn

After you experience the Historic Beaufort District, head back to the refined comforts of our bayfront bed and breakfast. The Cuthbert House Inn offers beautifully appointed accommodations, an interesting history, a gourmet breakfast each morning of your stay, and the space to unwind with your special someone. Combined, these elements cultivate the idyllic South Carolina Lowcountry getaway. Browse our rooms, reserve your ideal dates, and begin looking forward to your couple’s retreat. We can’t wait to host you and yours in Beaufort!