Learn about intrepid English adventurer Henry Woodward. What an exciting life he had. Read more about the first permanent English settler of South Carolina here in the BDC's WordPress blog.
Tag: Lists of Materials
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
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 importance of the investment that the US Navy made in Beaufort County at the end of the 19th century and into the 20th century is a key point in volume 3, Bridging the Sea Islands's Past and Present, by Lawrence Rowland and Stephen Wise, University of South Carolina Press, 2015. In the words of … Continue reading Ribbon Creek Incident, 8 April 1956: A List of Links and Materials
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
As Dr. J. Brent Morris wrote on the America's Reconstruction | The Untold Story website: "The Reconstruction Era was literally a period of rebuilding ... The ending of slavery not only brought freedom to African Americans but also inaugurated a complex reshaping of fundamental American institutions including the lawmaking process, family structure, church organization, and … Continue reading Reconstruction Period in Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862 – 1915
For South Carolinians rice is more than a delicious side dish. It is the building block of the everyday meal, a monument to Carolina agricultural history, and a way of life. Learn more ...
Local historians and genealogists always ask about cemeteries. Unfortunately, there has not been a systematic inventory of all the cemeteries in Beaufort District nor is there a listing of the names of all the interred. Nevertheless, the Beaufort District Collection has some materials and recommends the following links to help you uncover more information regarding cemeteries in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties, South Carolina.