Panel 18

Preserving Our History

Her old houses are her pride. Each has its individual owner, true, but every citizen feels an ownership in these rich old possessions. It is a heritage that has come down to him that not even the owner of the house can take away.  From the Charleston News and Courier, July 1929.

As early as the 1920s, our citizens recognized the town’s old homes and buildings were essential to the fabric of their community - and would be of great interest to visitors. In 1947, when historic Verdier House was threatened with demolition, a group of concerned citizens created the Committee to Save the Lafayette Building, as it was called at the time. This committee became the Historic Beaufort Foundation in 1965. 

The Foundation opened the Verdier House to the public in 1975, and it remains the only house museum in town. Mayor Henry Chambers understood the importance of preserving the town’s architectural heritage, as an investment in the future economic development of the county. He supported the creation of the downtown Historic District. 

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