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Today’s photo report is all about Second Oldest City In South Carolina – Lovely Beaufort, and it’s surrounding areas. 

This undervalued historic little town is quaint, exciting, and the perfect place to take your significant other to spend a romantic weekend while exploring the history of the United States. You must visit!

The following text has been quoted from The Rhett House Inn, where you can explore more about the history of this mystical city.

The History of Beaufort, South Carolina by The Rhett House

“The Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands,” Beaufort was formally founded in 1711 and is the second oldest city in South Carolina after Charleston. 

A mere 22 years after Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492, Spanish explorer Capt. Pedro de Salaza of Hispanola landed on what is now Parris Island (named initially “Wambahee Island” by the Yemassee Indians) in 1514, becoming only the second European in history to set foot on North American soil (Ponce de Leon had landed in St. Augustine one year earlier). Capt. de Salaza named the area “Santa Elena,” or “St. Helena” and built a makeshift settlement on the island.

Because of its sublime beauty and quintessential Southern “look,” Beaufort is a favorite with filmmakers. Some of the most popular and celebrated films in Hollywood history were filmed in and around Beaufort: 

“The Big Chill” (1983), “The Prince of Tides” (1989), and “Forrest Gump” (2001). These films all went on to become huge box office hits and integral elements of the 20th – 21st century American cultural lexicon. Their unprecedented success, universal appeal, and breathtaking location photography made Beaufort herself a star and favored travel destination for history-minded travelers.”

Hunting Island State Park

You can also take a stroll through the park’s jungle and maybe even spot a crocodile. Though, we were lucky enough only to meet a friendly, green frog who seemed to loved to model and pose for my photos! 

I hope you enjoy this photo report and the pictures. Let me know in the comments below. 



Photos: All photos by Joanna Sobjanek. All rights reserved. 

Boating marina.

Southern architecture entails pink elements like these stairs – did someone say pink? Yay!

Kayaks on the boating marina.

I took a photo of this back doorway. It’s old but what struck me is that many people must have walked up these stairs since the city was built.

Romantic boating marina with side promenade to take long walks.

Historic Beaufort has a visitor center and you can even get a free town area map!

Just like in Charleston, you can ride a horse carriage with a tour guide to get to know Beaufort a little better.

Visit at Hunting Island State Park where crocodiles live.

Jungle frog who liked to pose for pictures.

This magnificent lighthouse was built in 1873. What did people look like back then? Amazing!

I met this cute little dog on the beach in Hunting Island State Park. I wanted to take him home with me. But he already had an owner.

Second Oldest City In South Carolina - Lovely Beaufort

And, that’s me, happy as a hippo hanging out in Beaufort, SC

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