The Spaniards first came into the Beaufort area in 1514, followed by the British, who chartered the town in 1711. Beaufort is one of only three National Historic Landmark Districts in South Carolina. Occupied early in the war by the Union Navy, Beaufort was spared the destruction that befell so many Southern towns during the Civil War; and the well-cared-for antebellum homes, where the oldest house dates back to 1714, preserve the beauty and tranquility of an earlier time.
Several delightful restaurants open out onto the waterfront park in downtown Beaufort. Numerous others can be found on the narrow side streets among the antique shops or overlooking the creeks and marshes that virtually surround the town. You can enjoy the full gamut of good food, from exquisite gourmet to wonderful Gullah!
The schools on Lady’s Island are considered among the very best in the entire county, and all of them are within two to six miles of your home in Coosaw Point. Your child may begin in the Montessori School, just down Sam’s Point Road, and later attend the recently built Coosa Elementary. Beaufort High School is just past the commercial center for Lady’s Island and is less than a ten-minute drive from Coosaw Point. Lady’s Island is also home to the highly regarded Beaufort Academy, a private school with grades pre-K through 12th. Young families who decide to make their “Home by the River” at Coosaw Point will find that they have made a good choice. The Coosaw Elementary School on Lady’s Island is one of the newest in the county.
Beaufort and the surrounding area offer almost anyone the opportunity to attend a church of his or her religious preference. Our office can furnish a complete directory of all the churches in the area.
Beaufort is fortunate to have a strong medical community, served by the modern, well-equipped Beaufort Memorial Hospital. For military personnel and retirees, there is the nearby U.S. Naval Hospital, set in a beautiful Lowcountry landscape. The Beaufort Memorial Hospital has over 100 Board Certified doctors on the medical staff and more than 30 different specialties and sub-specialties.
Pat Conroy – Recognized as a leading figure of the late-20th century Southern literature, The Great Santini, Prince of Tides, The Water is Wide and The Lords of Discipline are just a few of the books about Pat’s experiences of growing up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
Ebb Tide – Flood Tide is a beautifully compiled book of color photographs by Lynn McLaren and text by Gerhard Spieler. Ms. McLaren is a resident of this fascinating coastal area of South Carolina. She focuses on the collage of rivers and marshes, forests of ancient live oaks, the sea islands with their sandy beaches, the ante-bellum homes and the people who inhabit them or who come to visit… and to retire. This book is not about Beaufort County’s most famous island, Hilton Head, but is about the lesser known sea islands that still maintain that charm and character of the earlier, unspoiled years. If you are a native of Beaufort, this book will only heighten your love for your environment; if you are thinking of moving to the area, this essay in photographs and words will seal your fate!