We took a long walk north on the beach at low tide. It’s amazing how flat this beach is, and thus how far the tide goes out. There are lots of shells, sea snails, starfish and little crabs. This makes great feeding for hundreds of birds.
Then we headed off to Beaufort for lunch at Momma Lou’s Gullah cooking (African style from the lowlands). Another Airstreamer told us they liked to walk the old historic houses of Beaufort, so we followed their advice. According to Wikipedia, “The city has been featured in the New York Times, and named “Best Small Southern Town” by Southern Living, a “Top 25 Small City Arts Destination” by American Style, and a “Top 50 Adventure Town” by National Geographic Adventure. “
The Lowcountry region had been subject to numerous European explorations and failed attempts at colonization before the British founded the city in 1711. The city initially grew slowly, subject to numerous attacks from Native American tribes and threats of Spanish invasion. It flourished first as a center for shipbuilding and later, when the colony was established as a slave society, as the elite center for the Lowcountry planters through the Civil War.
Several months after hostilities began between the states, Beaufort was occupied by Union forces following the Battle of Port Royal. Due in part to its early occupation, the city attracted escaping slaves. The Union declared the slaves emancipated and initiated efforts at education and preparation for full independence. The Freedmen’s Bureau worked with local blacks during Reconstruction.
After the war, the city relied on phosphate mining before a devastating hurricane in 1893 and a fire in 1907 brought extensive destruction and economic turmoil. Their effects slowed growth of the city for nearly half a century.
In the latter half of the twentieth century, the community became a destination for tourists. It also benefited by the growth of military installations in the area and related employment. Local groups have worked to preserve Beaufort’s historic character and significant architecture.
In addition to the Beaufort Historic District, The Anchorage, William Barnwell House, Barnwell-Gough House, Beaufort National Cemetery, John A. Cuthbert House, Fort Lyttelton Site, Hunting Island State Park Lighthouse, Laurel Bay Plantation, Marshlands, Seacoast Packing Company, Seaside Plantation, Robert Smalls House, Tabby Manse, and John Mark Verdier House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaufort,_South_Carolina
As the sun began to set, we walked the beach north through “The Boneyard”, where two hurricanes took possession of a lot of the island, thus littering the beach with fallen trees, chunks of pavement and about 80 campsites. There is a cool tidal pool where herons stalked their prey.