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Beaufort Historic Site Visitor Center and Museum

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Address: 150 Turner St, Beaufort, NC 28516-2139
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+1 252-728-5225

North Carolina's third oldest town, Beaufort lies on the coast bordering...

North Carolina's third oldest town, Beaufort lies on the coast bordering the southern tip of the Outer Banks. Originally a fishing village and port of safety dating from the late 1600's, Beaufort has been visited by patriots, privateers, merchants, and skilled craftsmen who built Bahamian and West Indian style homes and public buildings. On the Beaufort Historic Site, you can take advantage of the six professionally restored buildings, tour the Old Burying Grounds, and take a tour aboard a vintage English Double Decker Bus. Beaufort, NC truly is where history meets the sea.

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Perfect Starting Point in Beaufort

Visiting the museum and enjoying a docent led tour of the historic houses and buildings on the site provided the perfect orientation of the town's history before setting out yo... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2016
Rancho Mirage
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Rancho Mirage
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30 reviews
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

Visiting the museum and enjoying a docent led tour of the historic houses and buildings on the site provided the perfect orientation of the town's history before setting out yo explore on foot. Our docent Molly Was extremely knowledgeable and humorous and she made the visit/tour most enjoyableand entertaining.

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Clayton, NC
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2016

As a frequent visitor of historic sites, this was the best I have ever been to! The bus tour around town was great and we also toured the historic village. You get to choose 3/4 of the places to see. We saw the jail, the Leffers cottage, the upper class house type and the apothecary shop which has a doctor's... More 

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Farmville, Virginia
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Reviewed 14 March 2016

Very nice welcoming committee. We stopped here first and got very good information on the sites and restaurants. The ladies gave us specific info on recent activities and events. The house tour of the square was well worth the price. Our docent was very knowledgeable and added interesting sidelights to the tour. Nice gift shop too.

Thank warren r
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Reviewed 30 November 2015 via mobile

We visited this small town and absolutely love it. We spans few hours walking around and visiting coffee shops and board walk. Here is the picture from this plays. Sunset.

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Beaufort, North Carolina
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 31 October 2015

We've lived in the area the past 3 years and finally stopped in. We weren't able to go in to the buildings that day but the volunteers were great. They answered all our questions and recommended other sites in the area. They sell plants they propagate from their own stock. The Crepe Myrtle and succulent we bought are thriving at... More 

Thank Calirose757
Beaufort, NC
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 30 September 2015

Even if you didn't like history I can't imagine not enjoying it here. The different buildings are well maintained & cover different periods & uses, from a 1700's schoolmaster's home, the old wooden courthouse, a upper middle class person's 1825 home, the old jail, an apothecary, & an art gallery. Oh yes, & a great shop & visitors' center &... More 

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Smyrna, Georgia
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Reviewed 18 September 2015

Being a girl that grew up in North Carolina for a significant part of my childhood, I knew Beaufort played a significant role in North Carolina history, but visiting the historic site really put the town of Beaufort in perspective! If you're a history buff, I'll tout this as a must see! I arrived, and I was greeted by one... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

The site is good in that it comprises some old Beaufort buildings and gardens. It's better than you'd expect in such a small town. This is where you go to get tickets for the British open top bus tour of Beaufort. If the bus is running and the timing works for you, the bus trip is definitely worth it.

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Reviewed 30 August 2015

The staff here is very knowledgeable and willing to help with anything involving Beaufort. You can tour the buildings on the site, take the Double Decker Bus Tour, or shop in the gift shop. Beaufort is a very quaint small town with a rich history.

Thank Maria S
Greenville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 17 August 2015

I was there for the Beaufort pirate invasion (which is awesome). The volunteers in the shop were very nice and helpful. There is some cool info on the history of Beaufort and they had some cool merchandise too.

Thank Kimmyjonc

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