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“It's More Than a Site, It's a Town”

Beaufort Historic Site Visitor Center and Museum
Ranked #7 of 35 things to do in Beaufort
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Owner description: North Carolina's third oldest town, Beaufort lies on the coast bordering the southern tip of the Outer Banks. Originally a fishing village and port of safety dating from the late 1600's, Beaufort has been visited by patriots, privateers, merchants, and skilled craftsmen who built Bahamian and West Indian style homes and public buildings. On the Beaufort Historic Site, you can take advantage of the six professionally restored buildings, tour the Old Burying Grounds, and take a tour aboard a vintage English Double Decker Bus. Beaufort, NC truly is where history meets the sea.
High Point, NC
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306 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“It's More Than a Site, It's a Town”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

The Beaufort Historic Site is a small area that has five or so buildings preserved from areas in the town. They are adjacent to the Visitor Center. As such, it is interesting, but not as much as the guidance you'll receive at the visitor center from volunteers there. Use their wisdom to fuel your walking tour of Front Street and beyond. I recommend you avoid the "tourist trap" amenities like the double-decker tour bus. Egad! There are many beautiful old homes in Beaufort, but they are not part of a "Historic Site." They are Beaufort. Get some walking tour information, an ice cream cone, and have some fun!

Visited October 2013
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English first
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Take the Double-Decker Bus Tour!”
Reviewed 22 October 2013 via mobile

Volunteers drive the bus and provide the history as you tour the streets of Beaufort. Great way to enjoy the history of the town and take in some of the beautiful homes. After taking the tour, now I want to go back for the Christmas Candle Tours!

Visited October 2013
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Morehead City, North Carolina
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161 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“not to be missed”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

Essential to understanding Beaufort AND I always learn something new by touring and attending events here. This is a must for your guests, especially if they are history buffs.

Visited August 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“1700-1800's Homes”
Reviewed 20 September 2013

This area has many old homes on several streets throughout town. The plaques nailed to the home fronts with family names and year built confirms an old town. Also around town are shadow boxes on posts with old pages glassed-in showing hurricane damage from Hazel in 1954 and hurricane Donna. The boardwalk area has boutiques to shop in, restaurants on the waterfront for dining on delicious seafood and steak, a couple of bars, and the beauty of slipped boats parked on the water. There is also a tour service that offers rides on a catamaran, a pirate boat, or motor boats into the various inlets between islands offshore of Beaufort and Morehead City. The Fudge Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlor, and a bakery assure goodies are available for snacking. Also at one end of town is an old boat-building museum. Lots to see and do. We went several days in a row to enjoy the beauty.

Visited September 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Guess we missed something”
Reviewed 19 September 2013

I guess we must have missed something here or it might have been an off day. We didn't find much to see, just a bunch of nice looking old houses (all had to have been extensively remodeled / restored) with date plaques on them that covered a couple blocks. We were in Beaufort, found parking, found the historic site, walked around and were out of Beaufort in about 45 minutes. Might be worth a stop if you are in town for some other reason but probably not worth a special trip.

Visited September 2013
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