Beaufort Historic Site

The Beaufort Historic Site is comprised of ten buildings, six of which have been authentically restored, nestled on two acres in the heart of the quaint downtown area of Beaufort. The Beaufort Historical Site is located at 130 Turner Street Beaufort, NC 28516. Tel: 252.728.5225 Visit the website at www.beauforthistoricsite.org
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The Herb Garden, located behind the Apothecary and Doctor's Shop, features a variety of plants and herbs that are an example of what was used for medicinal and cooking purposes during Colonial times. The Herb Garden is maintained by the NC Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardener Volunteers of Carteret County. (Photo by Beaufort Historic Site)

The Apothecary Garden at the Beaufort Historic Site contains many herbs that were once used for medicines and tonics.

Carteret County Courthouse, c1796.  The oldest wood-framed courthouse in North Carolina, the courthouse has recently undergone an award-winning restoration. It serves as the backdrop for our courthouse dramatization, an integral tool for educating today’s youth about the early American legal system. (Photo by Beaufort Historic Site)

Built around the original Carteret County Courthouse is the oldest wood-framed courthouse in North Carolina.

Historic District Double-Decker Bus Tour Hop aboard and see Beaufort’s historic district from atop our 1967 English double-decker bus.    Local narrators tell tales of Beaufort’s rich past of pirates, star-crossed lovers, and Confederate spies.    Tours are operated from the Beaufort Historical Site located at 130 Turner Street Beaufort, NC 28516. Tel: 252.728.5225.

Things to Do and Activities in Beaufort, North Carolina, America's Favorite Town.

The Apothecary Shop and Doctor's Office, c1859.  Built in 1859, the apothecary remains essentially unchanged in appearance. It houses a priceless collection of medicinal and pharmaceutical artifacts, most of which are original to the shop, that make it very popular with residents and visitors alike. (Photo by Beaufort Historic Site)

Things to Do and Activities in Beaufort, North Carolina, America's Favorite Town.

Josiah Bell House, c1825.  This Victorian house served as the residence of the influential Bell family of Beaufort. Josiah Fisher Bell, son of the home’s namesake, was a Confederate agent who was responsible for blowing up a series of lighthouses at Cape Lookout during the Civil War. (Photo by Beaufort Historic Site)

The Josiah Bell House served as the residence of the influential Bell family of Beaufort. The house is now part of the Beaufort Historic Site.

The Old Jail, c1829.  A favorite with children, the Old Jail has 28-inch thick walls and boasts legends of ghosts and a single hanging in 1874. The jailer and his family coexisted here with the prisoners, though the jailer’s quarters were much cozier than those of the inmates. Amazingly, this jail remained in use until 1954. (Photo by Beaufort Historic Site)

The Old Jail, Located at the Beaufort Historic Site. A favorite with children, the Old Jail has thick walls and boasts legends of ghosts and a single hanging in Amazingly, this jail remained in use until (Photo by Beaufort Historic Site)

Leffers Cottage, c1778.  This rustic cottage was once home to Samuel Leffers, a schoolmaster, merchant, and clerk of the court. The primitive house serves as the perfect setting to showcase artifacts relating to the daily chores of cooking, spinning, sewing, candle making, and weaving in the Colonial period. (Photo by Beaufort Historic Site)

Located on the Beaufort Historic Site grounds, Leffers Cottage (c. showcases artifacts from the Colonial period related to daily chores like cooking, sewing, candle-making, and more!

John C. Manson House, c1825.  The award-winning John C. Manson House is a testament to the Beaufort Historic Site’s dedication to authentic restoration. This elegant Federal-style house stands on its original site as an excellent example of the Bahamian architecture so prevalent in Beaufort. It now boasts exact replications of the historic decorative faux finishes found on the interior walls and exterior doors of the house. (Photo by Beaufort Historic Site)

The John C. Manson House is an award-winning house that stands on its original site. It's also an excellent example of the Bahamian architecture often seen in Beaufort.

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