As one of the oldest towns in the state, a trip to Morehead City/ Beaufort, North Carolina cannot be complete without exploring the seaport town's history both on land and at sea. Beaufort is home to a variety of unique shops, delectable restaurants, exquisite structures, and at the center of the National Registered Historic District is the Beaufort Historic Site with the North Carolina Maritime Museum situated right around the corner. View more
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Explore the early-American landmark buildings of North Carolina during this picturesque walking tour through the Beaufort Historical Site.
Courthouse, Jail, Doctor's Office and Cottage
Depart the pier for the short 1.5 mile drive to Beaford aboard an English bus. On arrival join your guides clad in authentic Colonial dress for a scenic stroll through the two-acre Beaufort Historical Site, a group of restored landmark buildings nestled in the heart of downtown Beaufort.
Highlights of the site include the Carteret County Courthouse. Built in 1796, it is the oldest wood-framed courthouse in North Carolina. From here, continue on to the Old Jail, circa 1829, Apothecary and Doctor's Office, circa 1859, and Leffers' Cottage. Built in 1778, this simple cottage was typical of early waterfront homes.
Houses of Josiah Fisher Bell and John C. Manson
Next, visit an elegant Victorian Home, the Josiah Bell House. Built in 1854, it belonged to Confederate spy Josiah Fisher Bell. From here, proceed to the highlight of your tour, the award-winning John C. Manson House. Built in 1825, it is the jewel of the Beaufort Historic Site's authentic restoration efforts. This elegant Federal-style house stands on its original site, and is an excellent example of the Bahamian architecture so prevalent in Beaufort. It now boasts exact replications of the historic decorative faux finishes found on the interior walls and exterior doors of the house.
At the conclusion of the tour reboard the English bus for the short drive back to the pier to re-join the ship.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 500 feet (about 152 metres). This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least five years old to participate on this tour. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Experience charming Beaufort and a tour of the city at your leisure.
Depart the pier and board your charming English Double Decker Bus for the approximate 10 minute drive to Beaufort. This visit represents an ideal tour for visitors who feel independent enough to explore the city without the help of a local guide.
Please note: Guests must meet at the pre-arranged time and place advised by your escort for the return drive to Beaufort and your awaiting ship. Guests failing to re-join their coach and escort as advised, will be responsible for returning to Beaufort at their own expense. Bring local currency or credit cards for any purchases.
Depart the pier on an English bus for the short 1.5 mile drive to the city of Beauford.
Beaufort's Old Burying Ground rests in the shade created by a thicket of majestic oak trees. The cemetery was deeded to the town of Beaufort in 1731 and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its weathered tombstones chronicle the heritage of Beaufort and the surrounding coast. Beaufort was occupied by Union Troops during the Civil War, so the cemetery is unique because there are Union soldiers, Confederate soldiers, slaves and freed blacks all buried together in this peaceful center of town.
Guides in period dress will take guest on a leisurely stroll through a national registered historic cemetery providing interesting stories of those buried in this special place
Right around the corner from the Beaufort Historic Site is the North Carolina Maritime Museum. When you step through the doors of the North Carolina Maritime Museum, you are immediately whisked away into an informative and atmospheric maritime haven. The exposed-beam construction of the museum itself lends a likeness to the interior of a ship and transports you to the many periods of maritime culture.
In addition to the exhibits that are unique to the area such as Recreational Fishing, US Lifesaving Stations, Civil War History, Boat Construction, and Whaling, the Museum houses one of the most comprehensive exhibits on a pirate ship in the United States. It is none other than that of infamous pirate, Blackbeard, and his flagship Queen Anne's Revenge.
Your tour concludes with a short ride back to the pier to re-join the ship.
Please Note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking for approximately 153 metres (500 feet) within 2 acres of land over sometimes unpaved terrain and with some stairs to negotiate within the historic houses. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and must be able to get in/out of the vehicle on their own or with the assistance of their travelling companion. Vehicles used do not have lifts therefore the tour is not suitable for guests who are wheelchair confined. Foldable wheelchairs and walkers can be accommodated.