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The Area

Historic Beaufort, SC

Beaufort is the second-oldest city in South Carolina, behind Charleston. The city's population was 12,361 in the 2010 census.

Located on Port Royal Island, Beaufort is the heart of the Sea Islands and Lowcountry. The city is renowned for its scenic location and for maintaining a historic character by preservation of its antebellum architecture. The city is also known for its military establishments, being located in close proximity to Parris Island and a U.S. Naval Hospital, in addition to being home of the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

Recently, Beaufort has been featured in the New York Times, and named "Best Small Southern Town" by Southern Living, a "Top 25 Small City Arts Destination" by American Style, and a "Top 50 Adventure Town" by National Geographic Adventure.

A Place Visitors Love

Beaufort is a romantic and popular tourist destination known for its history. Major festivals and arts events include the Water Festival, a two-week extravaganza in the middle of July; and the Shrimp Festival, celebrating the local and traditional industry, is in the first weekend in October. In 2007, The Beaufort Shrimp Festival was selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events.

The Beaufort International Film Festival held the first week of March screens independent films. A Taste of Beaufort, presented by Main Street Beaufort, is held on the first Saturday in May and features 20 local restaurants, fine wines, and live music. Historic Beaufort Foundation's Fall Tour of Homes and St. Helena's Spring Tour of Homes provide glimpses into the antebellum homes on the Point and local plantations.

The town is also the home of The Kazoo Museum, which opened in October 2010 and is located in the Kazoobie Kazoos Factory.  Hunting Island is nearby and the state's most visited state park. For more information on all events and visiting the area, please contact the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.

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Pigeon Point Neighborhood

The Lafayette Street neighborhood is located in Pigeon Point neighborhood — surrounded by majestic live oaks and Spanish moss and located within walking distance to Beaufort's historic downtown. The area is known for its history, charm and amenities. The bungalow homes are nestled in with gorgeous waterfront property. A boat landing and ramp is available a stone's throw away. A short stroll from the Lafayette Street pocket neighborhood is a robust park with interesting climbing structures, slides, benches and other play equipment sectioned off into age-appropriate areas.