Most pirates began their raiding careers as legal war-time privateers of European monarchs. Some of these swashbucklers later took advantage of periods of political unrest and military threats to enrich themselves from raids on settlements or coastal vessels. The many islands and circuitous waterways of the Carolina coast were ideal places for pirates to hide, particularly during the early proprietary years (1670-1700) and at the end of the 'Golden Age of Piracy' (1716-1720).
Born in Beaufort, Robert Woodward Barnwell was the son of Robert Barnwell. Educated at the Beaufort College and with highest honors at Harvard, Barnwell served as United States Representative from 1829-1833.
For a group that only lived here for about 35 years, the Yamasee played a critical role in the most important colonial war that few remember.
The term "Gullah" or "Geechee" describes a unique group of African Americans descended from enslaved Africans who settled along the Atlantic coast, often on sea islands, between what is now Wilmington, NC to Jacksonville, FL. Gullah is a broad living culture embracing the political, social, economic, linguistic, and artistic life of native African-American Sea Islanders. … Continue reading Gullah Culture: A Preliminary List of Links and Resources
Beaufort County South Carolina has a lot of ghost stories, some of which we've retold for this blog. Identifying the spirit can be problematic. For example, some people think that Private Frank Quigley (U.S. Army) is the possible ghost out near Fort Fremont on Land's End. Our obituary files tell us more about him and … Continue reading Obituary Files in the Beaufort District Collection
Retold by Dennis Adams, Information Services Coordinator (Retired), written for the Beaufort County Library website in 2007 and re-posted with minimal editing by Beaufort District Collection Manager, Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL, CA on 30 October 2016. Some African-Americans of the Sea Islands still believe in multiple souls: the "soul" leaves the body and returns … Continue reading Ghost Stories of Beaufort County, SC- Part 5: Hags
Retold by Dennis Adams, Information Services Coordinator (Retired), written for the Beaufort County Library website in 2007 and re-posted with minimal editing by Beaufort District Collection Manager, Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL, CA on 29 October 2016. Beaufort County has its own rich store of folklore, including ghost tales, a few even here in our … Continue reading Ghost Stories of Beaufort County, SC – Part 4: Library Gremlins