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Beaufort in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Beaufort Historic District

(South Carolina)

 
 
Beaufort Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 10, 2011
1. Beaufort Historic District Marker
Inscription.
Beaufort Historic District
has been designated a
National
Historic Landmark

This Site Possesses National Significance
in Commemorating the History of the
United States of America

1974
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 32° 26.004′ N, 80° 40.778′ W. Marker is in Beaufort, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on Bay Street near Bladen Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located across Bay Street from US District Court Beaufort Federal Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Beaufort SC 29902, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Presbyterian Church (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Helena's Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Maxcy - Rhett House / "Secession House" (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Helena's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Baptist Church of Beaufort (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the Old Baptist Meeting House
Beaufort Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 4, 2010
2. Beaufort Historic District Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Tabernacle Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Robert Smalls (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Beaufort.
 
Regarding Beaufort Historic District. National Register of Historic Places :
Beaufort Historic District *** (added 1969 - District - #69000159)
♦ Bounded by the Beaufort River, Bladen, Hamar, and Boundary Streets, Beaufort
♦Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown
♦ Architectural Style: Federal, Greek Revival
♦ Area of Significance: Black, Social History, Politics/Government, Community Planning And Development, Architecture, Military, Native American, Commerce, Exploration/Settlement
♦ Period of Significance: 1500-1599, 1600-1649, 1650-1699, 1700-1749, 1750-1799, 1800-1824, 1825-1849, 1850-1874, 1875-1899, 1900-1924, 1925-1949
♦ Owner: Private , Local Gov't
♦ Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic, Religion, Social
♦ Historic Sub-function: Business, Department Store, Meeting Hall, Religious Structure, Single Dwelling, Specialty Store
♦ Current Function: Commerce/Trade,
Beaufort Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 10, 2011
3. Beaufort Historic District Marker
Domestic
♦ Current Sub-function: Department Store, Meeting Hall, Religious Structure, Single Dwelling, Specialty Store

Beaufort is significant for its role as a major center of South Carolina’s antebellum plantation culture, its contribution to the history of the Civil War, and for its role it played in African-American history both during and after the war. Architecturally, the district is significant both for the high-style architecture produced by its pre-war planters and for
the folk architectural patterns of its post-war African-American community. The antebellum architecture, unlike that of Charleston and Savannah, is generally made up of free standing Federal, Early Classical Revival, and Greek Revival style houses on large lots that is more akin to the architecture of the Southern plantations of the period, plantations
brought to town and adapted to the heat of the summer weather and dampness of lowlands, as well as to the
aesthetics of their waterfront settings. The town’s present appearance owes much to the events of the period between ca.1860 and ca. 1935. The buildings and structures constructed during this period display a variety of architectural forms and styles, including Italianate, Gothic Revival, Victorian, Queen Anne, and Neo-Classical, and reflect the development of the town in the last half of the nineteenth century and early
Beaufort Historic District Marker Base image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 10, 2011
4. Beaufort Historic District Marker Base
Freedom Mall
Mayor Angus D. Fordham
(1946-1963)
Council Members:   Council Members:
(1951-1955)                (1955-1959)
Four Members           Four Members
City Manager              City Manager
twentieth century. In the 1870s, more modest houses were built on vacant lots in the older parts of town. One type was a five bay I-house, similar in form to many of the antebellum mansions, but reduced in size and of balloon construction using sawn lumber. The second type was a three-bay, gable fronted house, often with Italianate or Eastlake detail. Many antebellum homes were also updated during this period with commercially milled porch details, bay windows, and larger window glass. Colonial Revival made an impact on residential building after the hurricane of 1893, and the bungalow dominated new construction before and after World War I. Commercial construction also reflected increasing prosperity. The historic district includes 475 contributing resources and 350 noncontributing resources. Listed in the National Register December 17, 1969; Designated a National Historic Landmark November 7, 1973.(South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
 
Also see . . .
1. Beaufort, South Carolina, from Wikipedia. The city has been featured in the New York Times, named "Best Small Southern Town" by Southern Living, named a "Top 25 Small City Arts Destination" by American Style, and a "Top 50 Adventure Town" by National Geographic Adventure. (Submitted on May 6, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. National Register Information and pictures on Beaufort Historic District
Beaufort Historic District Marker, looking east along Bay Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 10, 2011
5. Beaufort Historic District Marker, looking east along Bay Street
. Beaufort is significant for its role as a major center of South Carolina’s antebellum plantation culture, its contribution to the history of the Civil War, and for its role it played in African-American history both during and after the war. (Submitted on May 6, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
Beaufort Historic District , US District Court - Beaufort Federal Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 10, 2011
6. Beaufort Historic District , US District Court - Beaufort Federal Courthouse
Beaufort Historic District - To Our Confederate Dead 1861-1865 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 10, 2011
7. Beaufort Historic District - To Our Confederate Dead 1861-1865
Beaufort Historic District Marker at Freedom Mall, with the Annual Christmas Tree image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 10, 2011
8. Beaufort Historic District Marker at Freedom Mall, with the Annual Christmas Tree
Beaufort Historic District Freedom Mall Christmas Tree image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 4, 2010
9. Beaufort Historic District Freedom Mall Christmas Tree
 
 
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