Beaufort Waterfront 1966
Here Comes another Taste of Beaufort
Additional Parking Spaces on Charles Street
Student Art Show at USCB
Annual City Budget Work Shops Begin

Billy K Photo

A Walk Down Memory Lane


"Beaufort Waterfront as Some 

of us knew. loved and found charming 

in 1966"?


The youtube video above,  link courtesy of Nan Sutton, tells a lot about Beaufort's Waterfront as it jogs the memory about an active and diverse downtown Beaufort.

While Beaufort was not "perfect" (reference to my last newsletter in which I responded to writer who said Beaufort is Perfect)  it had a lot going for it in 1966 before it was abandoned by those who moved out of the City, elected to shop in big box retail, grocery stores and lived on large lots and operated three or more cars per family. 

As the camera moves west, you see :


The Gold Eagle Tavern and Inn at the Corner of Bay and New Streets (A once celebrated Inn that attracted visitors from far away but which has since torn down to make room for a private residence and a yet another nice home completed several years ago)


The Esso Service Station at the intersection of Bay and Carteret (A place to not only buy gas but get your car services and repaired, but since torn down to make a parking lot for the People's Bank and now a mixed use building)


The McDonald Wilkins Cotton Gin (which after the boll weevil, was  used as a dry goods store, distribution center and wholesale operation, then torn down to allow the Peoples Bank to grow and create off street parking)


The People's Bank (since converted to mixed use along with Horne Motor Company building and vacant lot after woods store burned)


Woods Store (which burned and provided space for the Peoples Bank to expand as Bankers Trust and while connecting to Horne Motor Company to become Bankers Trust and more recently BB&T before being converted to mix use)


 Horne Motor Company (Ford dealer with showroom on Bay Street and shop to rear which was torn down and replaced because it was not sufficiently structurally sound to become integrated into the mixed use building.)


The working dock with fuel (which served as home port to shrimpers and other commercial vessels,  but has since been removed to make way for the Waterfront Park)


Greens Drug Store (still standing but repurposed)


Belk's Department Store (after sitting in ruin, this historically important structure was saved and converted to retail in the front and Saltus River Grill to the rear)


Beaufort Yacht Club (which was raised high in the air when the park was built because they did not own the land below as it used to hang over the water which was filled in to make the park)


Parking for business owners and employees behind commercial buildings(removed to make room for the park)


Luther's Pharmacy (now restaurant by the same name) Drs. Long and Ogletree had private parking on piers built out over the water.


Kinghorn Insurance Agency (torn down to make room First Federal Savings and Loan but is not occupied by or Regions Bank)


First Federal Savings and Loan (originally customs house which was later First Federal on the ground level and the Thomas Law Building.)


Breeze Movie Theatre, with Dr Hutchison's Ophthalmology office on Bay Street (much of building removed and front almost miraculously returned to the Bank Building which is now Paninis)


There was no Henry C. Chambers Water front Park


Apartments over the water behind what was a package store and gas company (Torn down to make room for the park and new buildings on Bay with parking to the rear)


West End of Parking Lot with rack storage for 100-150 small sailboats (moved to Yacht and Sailing Club on Ladys Island) but sets standard for concept of storage for kayaks and canoes by the marina 


Sinclair Service Station on Bay Street at the edge of the parking lot (torn down, sold to the city with an easement to the Open Land Trust as Freedom Park)


Downtown Beaufort used to much more vibrant when people lived and worked and shopped downtown.    

City Council Budget Workshop:
City Manager, Planning and Police Departments     

The first step in planning our annual Budget for the City of Beaufort, City Council and the public are briefed by each of our department heads as to the past years progress and the next years needs.  This takes place over a couple of months.

The first of this year's presentations is at 5P M Tuesday April 29th in the Conference Room on the Main Floor of the City Hall Building at 1911 Boundary Street.   

If you want to understand the City's Fiscal Affairs, I would urge you to attend.  Depending on the time it takes for Council, I will try to make time for the public's questions to be asked.


APRIL 25The University of South Carolina Beaufort will present the 17th Annual Juried Studio Art Student Exhibition at the Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort, S.C., later this month.  
An opening reception for the exhibit will take place Friday, April 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The winning artists will be announced at 6:30 p.m.   
In an effort to showcase the exemplary artistic achievements of its students, the University of South Carolina Beaufort conducts a juried exhibition of artwork created by students in its Studio Art degree program on the Historic Beaufort campus each spring. 
Students may submit up to three pieces of art, none of which may have been shown in a previous USCB exhibit. The works can represent any traditional or nontraditional visual art genre and media. 
Elissa Frankino, temporary instructor of Art - Foundations and Art Appreciation at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., will serve as the juror. She may select one Best in Show and two Honorable Mentions at her discretion. The winning pieces will be on exhibit from April 25 until May 2.    
Candace Brasseur
USCB Director of Communications and Marketing


More Parking in the Greater Downtown

If you have been frustrated trying to find parking, I hope you will be pleasantly surprised to see that additional parking spaces were recently added on the west side of Charles Street between Bay and North Streets.  Also that the previously restricted to very short term parking on Craven Street in front of the Arsenal has been extended making them more useful if you are going to the Visitors Center, the Library, the Chamber of Commerce or to shop within the greater downtown.


Burundian Peacemaker Coming to Beaufort

Saturday May 4-Sunday May 11 



In support of its mission to highlight the importance of compassion in a just, sustainable and healthy community, Compassionate Beaufort Communities ( is proud to bring Prosper Ndabishuriye, a native of Burundi Central Africa, to Beaufort to speak about his peace-making work in this war-torn, impoverished part of the world.


People are deeply moved by Prosper's story of how he formed young college and high school students in Burundi into multi-ethnic teams of both Hutus and Tutsi to make peace and rebuild homes during the horrific times, as seen in the film Hotel Rwanda, ruled by fear, mass killings, destruction of homes and livelihoods.  


Prosper's inspiring work continues to this day under his non-profit JRMD/YRWD, which stands (in English) for Youth in Reconstruction of the World in Destruction (


Homes continue to be built along with a school, orphanage and medical clinic for children. In all, over 3,000 homes have been built for refugees, helping the peace process in Burundi to take root, since as long as there are large numbers of displaced and homeless people, there is the possibility for unrest.

Prosper has been favorably received in the USA by many churches, schools, civic organizations and businesses, one of which is Microsoft which has include JRMD in their Global Giving campaign. Prosper was also received by Washington State Governor, the Honorable Christine Gregoire, and has on three occasions has provided the opening prayer for the Washington State Legislative sessions.


If you would like to schedule a presentation in your community, church, school, association or business, please contact Mike Seymour (, 843-524-2010). Currently, Prosper is scheduled to speak at the following places and times:


Sunday, May 4th, 11am St Mark's Episcopal Church, Historic Union Church, 1002 11th St, Port Royal, SC. 


Tuesday, May 6th, 1pm at the Beaufort Public Library, 311 Scott St, Beaufort. 

Wednesday, May 7th 6pm at St John's Lutheran Church, 157 Lady's Isl. Drive, Lady's Island


Thursday, May 8th 6pm Mike & Maggie Seymour's house, cat Island (call 524-2010 for more info)


Friday, May 9th, 2pm in the cafeteria at Beaufort Elementary School. 


Friday, May 9th, 7pm at Pat Keown's House, Lady's Island (call 470-5006 for more info)


Saturday, May 10th 7pm at Habersham (contact Larry Meisner,


Sunday, May 11th, 10am, Unity Church of Hilton Head, 1300 Fording Island Rd, Bluffton


Please visit our web site ( for information on additional engagements.




If you have stories about compassion, from individuals or groups in Beaufort, you may want to share the story with 

Compassionate Beaufort Communities