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eaufort South Carolina is where I currently reside. This quaint coastal community is situated between Savannah, GA, and Charleston, SC, just north of the Hilton Head golf destination.  Unlike its larger neighbors to the north (Charleston), and the south (Savannah), it is small enough to retain its vibe as a haven for locals. We do see plenty of tourist traffic thanks to the east coast recruit training site for the Marine Corps (Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island).  Just like any other coastal community, the summertime picks up with tourist traffic and our population swells.   Even though we are missing a lot of the amenities of Savannah and Charleston, their close proximity makes it a moot point.  Here are some scenes from the area that you may or may not know if you have ever ventured here.


 

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This is from Hunting Island State Park, a favorite spot for locals and out-of-towners alike.  Hunting Island is a 5,000-acre secluded semitropical barrier island located 15 miles  east of Beaufort, South Carolina, USA. Since 1935, it has been classified as a state park. It is the most-visited state park facility in South Carolina. Renowned for its natural beauty, the island remains one of the few remaining undeveloped Sea Islands in the Lowcountry. The park is known for its 19th-century lighthouse which bears its name, and for being the filming location for the Vietnam scenes in the movie “Forrest Gump”.   The park’s unique beach has been featured in several travel publications and was listed in 2013 as a Top 25 beach in the United States by TripAdvisor.


 

 

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Continuing with the water/coastal theme this image is from the boardwalk in Port Royal, SC. This was taken from the top of the observation deck looking back to the Sands beach. The Sands is a very popular local spot. In the image the top would be towards Beaufort and to the right would be Parris Island.  The Fourth of July fireworks celebration is held here, and the beach area still allows you to drive your vehicle onto the sand.  The body of water is where Battery Creek flows into the Beaufort River, and is a popular spot for sunbathing when you dont want to make the drive out to Hunting Island.


 

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St. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins is a historic site in Frogmore, South Carolina on Saint Helena Island.  The Anglican chapel was constructed in 1740 by planters on Saint Helena Island as a chapel of ease for parishioners who had difficulty traveling to worship at the main parish church in Beaufort, South Carolina. The ruins were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. and has a couple of ghost stories attached to it and the surrounding area.


 

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The Beaufort Arsenal, originally constructed in 1799, the brick and tabby arsenal has participated in a number of U.S. wars. During the Revolutionary War, a volunteer company served valiantly. The artillery also saw action during the Civil War during the battle of Port Royal. Just inside the gate, a series of Civil War era cannons stand as sentinels to the arsenal’s rich history. It now serves as the home of a welcome center/Beaufort history museum.