For a historic tour of downtown Beaufort, a 45-minute bus ride is like a travel back in time.
“The best way to see the town, hear some of the history, talk about some of the people that helped found this town,” said Denise Finley, historic coordinator of the Beaufort Historic Site. “And to just see the charm of the historic part of Beaufort.”
There is no shortage of things to learn.
“Oh, just the history of the town is incredible as you will find when we start,” said Peter Thomas, tour bus guide. “This town was founded in 1709. And it has history from right off the bat with Blackbeard showing up in Beaufort. All the way up to Civil War stuff. Revolutionary War and all the way up to the present day. It’s so well preserved and so many nice, old homes you’ll see with all the plaques to designate homes over 100 years old.”
The bus tour only covers a couple of blocks, but there’s so much to see along the way.
“For a little bitty place, it’s got quite a bit of history,” said Thomas.
Besides the buildings, several historical figures are also part of the tour, including Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard.
“Of course, this year is a big deal because it’s exactly 300 years ago this summer that Blackbeard ran Queen Anne’s Revenge aground outside Beaufort Inlet,” said Thomas.
If you’ve got some time, it’s a great way to learn about the town.
“This town is so quaint and well preserved,” Thomas said. “It’s just a fabulous place.”