|From 1-2:30 join Beaufort Historical Society staff in a trip to the old Beaufort Burying grounds. Walk along the sandy paths of one of the state’s oldest cemeteries, and feel the history each grave has to tell. Union soldiers, Confederate soldiers, freed blacks, and slaves all rest together in the Old Burying Ground. As early as the eighteenth century, coastal residents were laid to their final rest here in Beaufort. One of the tombs is inscribed with an epitaph that explains the hold Beaufort has over both its living and dead residents: "The form that fills this silent grave,once tossed on ocean's rolling wave,but in a port securely fast he's dropped his anchor here at last.” |
2:30-4pm Free time to see some of the many interesting sites in the area. Beaufort was Founded in 1709 and is the third oldest in North Carolina. Originally a Port of Entry and fishing village, Beaufort has a rich maritime history. The historic waterfront district along Taylor’s Creek offers visitors the opportunity to dine and shop while enjoying views of feral horses on Carrot Island and boats from all over the world at the Beaufort Docks.