Savannah Morning News coverage, January 20, 1907: Beaufort Fire

The Beaufort Fire of January 19, 1907 was the most disastrous fire to date. When the embers cooled 40 structures were damaged or gone. The Beaufort Town Council adopted restrictions on building materials and placement at its next meeting in reaction to the devastation. Read about those restrictions in the "Ordinances of the Town Council … Continue reading Savannah Morning News coverage, January 20, 1907: Beaufort Fire

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All Aboard! Railroads in Beaufort District and beyond…

Local historian Gerhard Spieler wrote a weekly newspaper column in the Beaufort Gazette for many years. On August 12, 1997, he wrote "Railroads Once Were Vital to Beaufort's Economy" which is extensively quoted in Connections on 10 December 2017. Please read that blog post to get an overview of the history of railroading in Beaufort … Continue reading All Aboard! Railroads in Beaufort District and beyond…

Family Surname Files in the Beaufort District Collection

We've just updated the list of Family Surnames in our vertical files to honor October as "Family History Month." Vertical files are a collection of articles (such as pamphlets and clippings) that is maintained (as in a library) to answer brief questions or to provide points of information not easily located. An alternate definition is … Continue reading Family Surname Files in the Beaufort District Collection

Pirates of the Lowcountry: A List of Links and Materials

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).