Beaufort, South Carolina, the Palmetto State's second-oldest town, is a paradigm of the Low Country. Historic mansions overlook the bay with century-old oaks standing sentinel. Visitors to Beaufort feel right at home, and those with a love of history have a true appreciation of the area. Since its discovery by the Spaniards in the early 1500s, Beaufort has experienced numerous personalities and ways of life, from plantations to war, phosphate mining, hurricanes, and large-scale truck farming. Gullah, a culture and dialect spoken by ex-slaves and their descendants, is kept alive at Penn Center, the first school for the newly emancipated. Three military installations are here: Marine Corps Recruit Parris Island, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, and the U.S. Naval Hospital Beaufort. Various forts, churches, and schools served the area in their specific ways. Today, some lie in ruins offering peaceful repose while others remain intact and are well preserved. Beaufort's quaint downtown is a National Historic Landmark District.
About the Author
Polly Wylly Cooper and Betty Wylly Collins are descendants of early coastal families. Together, they have researched the area and become friends with longtime residents who have generously shared their treasured photographs and memories. They have written poignant text to portray the ambience of this celebrated community.