Panel 17

21st Century Beaufort -- The 'Chambers' Vision

The 1969 election of Henry Chambers as mayor brought a new vision.

By the 1960s, the County was booming again - thanks to tourism, the military bases, and the growing popularity of the region with retirees. The 1969 election of Henry Chambers, as mayor, brought a new vision. With his Beaufort Plan, Chambers was determined to clean up the city,  and improve living conditions for the town’s lower-income residents. Chambers also recognized the value of our rich history and beautiful old buildings. Thanks to his initiative, the Historic District was designated in 1969. 

In 1974 Mayor Chambers and the City Council began to make plans to revitalize the downtown waterfront, by developing a park. They renovated the bulkhead along the river, created parking areas, and added walkways, seating, and playgrounds. 

Today tourism is our largest industry. Our historic downtown, charming shops, and great restaurants have much to offer. The Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, with its stunning views across the Beaufort River, is a popular tourist destination. Events such as the annual Water Festival, the Shrimp Festival, and holiday parades, also bring visitors to ourcoastal town. The sense of place, and centuries of history woven into the city's fabric, sets it apart as a top destination in South Carolina.

Beaufort History Museum
  1. Welcome!
  2. Beaufort County's First People
  3. The Yamasee Indians
  4. Altamaha Town Archaeology
  5. European Superpowers in Carolina
  6. The Greatest and Fairest Haven
  7. Beaufort's Golden Age
  8. Patriots and Loyalists
  9. Antebellum Beaufort – In Town (1782-1861)
  10. Sea Island Cotton
  11. Antebellum Beaufort – Plantations (1782-1861)
  12. Battle of Port Royal (1861)
  13. Beaufort and the Civil War (1861-1865)
  14. The African American Experience (1861-1865)
  15. Model of the New South: Postbellum Beaufort (1865-1893)
  16. Robert Smalls -- The 'King' of Beaufort
  17. The Great Depression – Riches to Rags
  18. The Early 20th Century -- Here Comes the Marines!
  19. The Early 20th Century -- Civil Rights
  20. Rise of the Sunbelt -- Charles Fraser and the Fraser Effect
  21. 21st Century Beaufort -- The 'Chambers' Vision
  22. Preserving Our History
  23. The Greatest and Fairest Haven