Historic Beaufort Foundation and the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts are proud to present a unique 5-part lecture series on the history of the Old Beaufort District from settlement to the 20th century. The series, to be held at the USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret Street, will begin Thursday evening January 13, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. and will continue every Thursday evening through February 10, 2022.

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Beaufort, SC May 13, 2021 – Historic Beaufort Foundation (HBF) is pleased to announce its support for the National Park Service in conducting a comprehensive Integrity and Condition Study to serve as a guidepost for those involved in future decision making. The proposed study of the Beaufort National Historic Landmark District will identify potential threats and propose guidance to ensure the “Integrity” of the historic district is retained.

The National Park Service is charged with monitoring National Historic Landmarks to ensure they retain the qualities for which they were designated. A National Historic Landmark District derives its national significance not just from one building but from a collection of buildings, structures and landscape features. Historic districts are often vibrant commercial and social centers, which adapt over time to meet the needs of residents and visitors. The purpose of the monitoring survey is to identify those Districts that exhibit damage or face threats to the integrity of their resources as well as highlight positive preservation efforts. This information enables the National Park Service, the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), stewards of individual contributing structures, community organizations such a Historic Beaufort Foundation, policy makers and leaders and the public to take action to preserve these most significant examples of our national heritage for future generations.

“We must maintain Beaufort’s historic sense of place while allowing for our community’s organic growth through the sensitive addition and rehabilitation of structures meeting appropriate height, mass, scale and setbacks.” – Cynthia Jenkins, HBF Executive Director.

We look forward to the proposed independent study and applaud the decision of Mayor Stephen Murray and members of City Council in welcoming this opportunity to partner with the National Park Service in this important effort. Historic Beaufort Foundation believes this will be another way of bringing a deeper understanding to its Citizens and its policy makers of Beaufort’s unique historic and architectural assets, its sense of place and history.

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Beaufort, SC – May 3, 2021 – Historic Beaufort Foundation (HBF) is pleased to announce the election of officers and Trustees at their Annual Meeting, held April 30, 2021:

  • Chairman – Wayne Vance
  • Vice Chair – Kevin Cuppia
  • Treasurer – J. Wood Rutter
  • Secretary – Derek Gilbert
  • Immediate Past President – John C. Troutman

HBF membership elected eight individuals to serve or to continue serving on the HBF Board of Trustees. Newly elected, re-elected and appointed board members include:

  • Patricia Battey
  • Derek Gilbert
  • Beth Grace
  • Ann Higgins
  • Dr. John McCardell
  • Rob Montgomery
  • Wood Rutter
  • Cheryl Steele

In addition to the newly elected and re-elected members and officers noted above, the following members of HBF’s Board of Trustees will be continuing on:

  • Donna Dehncke
  • Larry Haskell

The HBF Board of Trustees extends our sincere appreciation to outgoing Chairman John C. Troutman and Board Member and former Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair Jen Moneagle for their dedication and service. Mrs. Moneagle was presented with an engraved pewter tray by the Board and membership. Incoming Chairman Wayne Vance presented John Troutman with a framed photograph of the newly renovated John Mark Verdier House.  Mr. Troutman will be continuing on the Board of Trustees. The Board also recognized outgoing Ex-officio Board Member, Chuck Symes for his dedicated service as HBF’s representative and a member of the City of Beaufort’s Historic District Review Board. The Board of Trustees wish the Symes family well on their move to upstate South Carolina.

Newly elected Chairman Wayne Vance extended sincere appreciation to the Board of Trustees for their continued support and dedication to HBF and its’ mission, he noted “Serving as Chairman of the Foundation is a great honor. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to lead our efforts in the preservation of the architectural and historical treasures of Beaufort and its National Historic Landmark District”. 

Historic Beaufort Foundation is poised to meet the future while remaining focused on supporting the “preservation, protection, and presentation of sites and artifacts of historic, architectural, and cultural interest throughout Beaufort County, South Carolina”. Established in 1965 as a 501(c)3 not for profit education foundation, HBF is a member of the Partners Network of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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The homes chosen for this year’s tour interpret Lowcountry architecture through 21st century design, and all the featured properties have either been recently completed or are under construction and will be part of the “hard hat” portion of the tour.

BEAUFORT, SC — MARCH 8, 2021 — Historic Beaufort Foundation is preparing for its annual Spring Architect’s Tour, which is set for 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20 and includes houses spread across five Lowcountry Islands. This year’s event – sponsored by Gilbert Law Firm, Broad River Construction, Allen Patterson Builders, Howell Builders and Phifer Construction – will guide attendees on a unique journey of Beaufort through examples of both traditional and contemporary architecture, showcasing the creative and distinctive imprint of some of the area’s most accomplished architects. The houses chosen for this year’s tour interpret Lowcountry architecture through 21st century design, and all the featured properties have either been recently completed or are under construction and will be part of the “hard hat” portion of the tour.

HBF has prioritized tour participants’ safety during the event and will ensure that protocols are in place for signage, social distancing, masking, hand sanitizer usage, and other necessary precautions. Masks will be required when inside the properties.

Beaufort has boasted some of the souths most interesting architecture since the city began to take shape in the 18th century. Today, local architects continue that tradition of excellence. This year’s tour will highlight the work of Allison Ramsey Architects, Frederick and Frederick Architects and Montgomery Architecture & Planning. Throughout the tour, architects, builders, and contractors will be onsite to provide information, talk about the homes and answer questions. Representatives from Broad River Construction, Allen Patterson Builders, Howell Construction, Phifer Contracting and TD Commercial Builders will also be in attendance.  

Properties included in this year’s tour are located on the Port Royal Island in historic downtown Beaufort, on Lady’s Island at Factory Creek, Cane Island, St. Helena Island at Station Creek and Fripp Island.

The Cara May Cottage – a cozy small house – in Beaufort’s Historic District
(Port Royal Island) was designed by Allison Ramsey Architects and built by TD Commercial Builders. The interior design was done by owners Jeremiah and Emily Smith. The cottage is 400 SF with one bedroom and bath, similar in size to the original freedman cottages built throughout the North West Quadrant of Beaufort’s Historic District in the late 19th century. The 11’ ceilings, 6.5’ tall casement windows and the chic modern interiors bring this home design into the modern day. The cottage porch and cozy built-in breakfast nook on the street side bring curb appeal and encourage outdoor living and engagement with neighbors. The cottage is named after the owner/architect’s daughter, Cara May.

The Cane Island House was designed by Frederick & Frederick Architects, and is being built by Patrick McMichael of Broad River Construction and Matt Phifer of Phifer Construction. Interior design is by Frederick & Frederick Architects. The home’s custom design provides a more contemporary feel than the traditional Lowcountry style and emphasizes the owner’s desire for a light-filled house with clean lines. This contemporary design uses the local vernacular vocabulary of single width rooms with great cross ventilation, a raised first floor, large porches, and high ceilings. The 21st century twist is seen in the large lift and slide doors on the front and back, the dramatic staircase with clear story windows and skylights combined with clean details.

The house has a super-efficient building envelope with the addition of a geo-thermal HVAC and hot water system and solar panels; the house will be net-zero. The solar panels will charge a Tesla battery wall for backup electricity and excess power will be sold to the power company through net metering.

The St. Helena Island House at Station Creek was designed by Montgomery Planning & Architecture and was built by Allan Howell of Howell Builders. This ultra-modern home sits along the marshes of Station Creek with views to St. Phillips Island, Bay Point, and the mouth of the Port Royal Sound. The site provides enjoyment of the Lowcountry landscape with sweeping natural vistas. The design emphasizes the expansive views of the surrounding maritime environment. The contemporary interior of the house was designed by the owner, Susan Loeffler.

The Fripp Island House was designed by Allison Ramsey Architects, and is being built by Allen Patterson of Allen Patterson Builders. Interior design is also being done by Allen Patterson Builders. This custom waterfront house has a great view of the Atlantic Ocean with southern coastal charm. Garden spaces and a pool accent the interior side of the lot, adding to outdoor living opportunities. The house plan interior floorplan is that of an “upside-down house,” where the kitchen and living spaces are located on the top floor to take in the expansive views and large porches. The exterior design has Caribbean influence with southern details. 2500 SF of covered porches, screened porches and rooftop deck with fireplaces provides outdoor living at its best.

The Factory Creek home on Lady’s Island was designed by Montgomery Planning & Architecture and is being built by Matt Phifer of Phifer Construction. This innovative project is a blend of old and new by reimagining a 1970’s split-level house into a sensitive and sustainable design. The original 2-story bedroom wing has been retained and a new living, kitchen, and dining area, along with a third floor “perch” was designed to incorporate an expansive screen porch for better interaction with the surrounding environment and views of Factory Creek. Solar panels and cistern for rainwater harvesting have also been incorporated into the design.

Whether you are a history buff, a lover of architecture, or looking for inspiration for your own home, this year’s architectural tour has something for everyone. Please join us to enjoy this unique opportunity for a behind the scenes look at some of the Lowcountry’s most exciting new architecture,” said Cynthia Jenkins, Historic Beaufort Foundation’s Executive Director.

The Spring Architect’s Tour will take place rain-or-shine. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended as this popular event tends to fill up quickly. Tickets are $65 each and may be purchased by calling HBF at 843-379-3331 or going online to The tour is self-paced and self-driven.

HBF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit education foundation created to preserve, protect, and present sites and artifacts of historic, architectural, and cultural interest throughout Beaufort County, South Carolina. For more information on the entity’s mission and history, please visit and follow them on social media, including Facebook and Instagram.




BEAUFORT, SC – November 12, 2020 – Historic Beaufort Foundation has announced that the popular Lafayette Soiree Auction  will go virtual this year due to the ongoing challenges with COVID-19.  This vital fundraiser will take place from Thursday December 3 to Sunday December 6, allowing supporters to get ahead of the holiday rush with unique gifts. HBF has transformed the 2020 auction into an exciting online event, with nearly 60 tempting items and experiences to enjoy now or plan for 2021.

Living up to the Soiree auction’s stellar reputation, this year’s auction lots include such unique experiences as a sumptuous “Mixta Paella” dinner party for 20 at a private residence on the bluff overlooking Factory Creek and the Beaufort River and a week for two in the charming wine country village of Duras, France near Bordeaux. Those wishing for experiences closer to home will love the many outdoor and eco-friendly options presented this year including fishing charters, fly casting classes, and golf and kayak outings. The auction offers something for every taste and pocketbook from the spectacular vacations and staycations to spa days, Lowcountry art and photography, silk florals, Lowcountry cooking and spice collections, and much, much more.

HBF encourages patrons to host “at home soirees” this year from the comfort of their front porches, family rooms and parlors, and to bid on items, or make monetary donations, to support HBF’s mission of preserving, protecting, and presenting sites and artifacts of historic, architectural, and cultural interest throughout Beaufort County, South Carolina.

The Lafayette Soiree is one of two major fundraising events HBF hosts annually to generate revenue vital to meeting its preservation mission. The Soiree, which originated as a garden party over three decades ago, is named in honor of the 1825 visit to Beaufort by General Lafayette.  Funds generated at the event have been used to save significant Beaufort buildings from demolition and ensure the preservation of many others.

“We were all disappointed not be able to host the 2020 Lafayette Soiree in the garden at Tidewater as originally planned. As we adjust to life with COVID-19, HBF is truly excited to announce that the always anticipated auction will be held virtually in December. The revenue HBF generates from the Soiree auction is essential to supporting our preservation mission,” said Cynthia Cole Jenkins, Executive Director, Historic Beaufort Foundation. “We are grateful to the many members, friends and businesses who annually support HBF by graciously donating auction items each year. This will be our first virtual event, and we encourage everyone to join in bidding on the many special auction items that are available this year. Plans are already underway for the 2021 Lafayette Soiree which will be announced in the New Year.”

The Historic Beaufort Foundation is honored to have 28 sponsors for this year’s Lafayette Soiree online auction event. Silver and Gold sponsors this year include Farm Bureau Insurance; John and Danielle Troutman, The Clark-Troutman Group – Merrill Lynch; Lynn & Wheeler; O’Quinn Marine Construction; Phifer Construction; Powell Brothers Construction; Southern Tree Service; First Federal Bank; J. H. Hiers Construction; Mercedes Benz of Hilton Head; Modern Jewelers; Lesley Francis PR; and Amazing Rental.  

Be sure to check the HBF website for unique auction items highlighted each day until it’s time to open bids on Dec. 3rd! For information on the Historic Beaufort Foundation and the Lafayette Soiree Online Auction, please visit



UPDATE 11-3-2020: We are excited to announce that we have reached our goal! Thank you to the many that have contributed towards this effort.
More news to come.

BEAUFORT, S.C. – Hoping to ensure the future of the iconic Woods Memorial Bridge, the City of Beaufort and the Historic Beaufort Foundation are working together to raise funds to achieve the bridge’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The City and HBF are about halfway toward their goal of raising $7,000 to hire a professional preservation consultant who would conduct the detailed research and prepare the architectural and engineering documentation needed to build the case for the bridge’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The bridge, which opened in 1959, is one of only a handful of swing bridges left in South Carolina. It replaced a swing bridge built in 1927. Originally known as the Lady’s Island Bridge, it was renamed in 1971 in honor of Richard V. Woods, a local South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper killed in the line of duty. The bridge’s arm opens on a regular basis to allow boat traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway to pass through.

The bridge is a good candidate to be listed, said HBF Executive Director Cynthia Cole Jenkins. “It has the setting over the Beaufort River, the sense of place as it connects to the Historic Downtown District,” she said. “It’s critical that we keep it viable.” The scale of the bridge, she noted, matches the scale of the Historic District.

The National Register, she explained, looked for what is called seven aspects of “integrity” needed to achieve a listing: location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association. The structure must be at least 50 years old, and possess some significance in American history and culture. The Woods Memorial Bridge was immortalized in the 1994 Best Picture, Forrest Gump. In one of the most famous scenes a bearded Tom Hanks as Forrest is shown running across a Mississippi River bridge, but in actuality, the scene was filmed on the Woods Memorial Bridge.

Mayor Billy Keyserling expressed his support of the project in his newsletter and at City Council’s Work Session on Oct. 20. “As mayor, with the support of City Council, in partnership with the Historic Beaufort Foundation, we are going to prepare the nomination and secure the recognition because it is a symbol of our history and our character.”

No taxpayer funds will be used for the consultant. The City and HBF are asking people to contribute to Beaufort Pride of Place, a City fund that raises money from private donations to support City improvement initiatives. You can make donations online at the City’s website or mail a check to Beaufort Pride of Place, Finance Department, 1911 Boundary St., Beaufort SC 29902.

Jenkins explained that a listing on the National Register gives the bridge “a higher level of protection.” She said a more stringent review process automatically is required in the federal funding and federal permitting process when a structure is listed on the National Register.

Once the application is submitted, it is reviewed by the State Historic Preservation Office, Jenkins said, to ensure accuracy in all its documentation. From there it goes to the State Board of Review, comprised of preservation, history, and planning experts (Jenkins is a member). Once it passes muster with the state board, the application is submitted to the National Park Service, which oversees the National Register, for final vetting.

Jenkins said that once the process starts, she would expect the bridge to win the designation in the first half of 2021.


Kathleen Williams, APR

City of Beaufort

Communications/Marketing Manager

Cell: 843-929-7791

Office: 843-470-3508

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