My 12 Favorite Travel Photos of Beaufort, South Carolina

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Jason Barnette

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March 12, 2015

I started my year off with a long weekend in Beaufort, South Carolina. I had always wanted to visit this southern beach town, I’d heard great things about it, but it was a final spontaneous decision that brought me here. I am so glad I did.

I spent the weekend running around between the charming downtown Beaufort area, nearby Port Royal, visited Hunting Island State Park, and even chased down a few haunted locations. Needless to say I had an amazing weekend!

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the weekend. Click the photo to purchase a print, or send me an email to license for publication.
A view of the spiraling cast and wrought iron staircase inside the Hunting Island Lighthouse at Hunting Island State Park in Hunting Island, SC on Friday, February 20, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette Completed in 1875, the 133' lighthouse is one of only two segmented cast iron lighthouses in the country. The segments are made of cast iron, lined with brick, and intended to be moved if necessary. In 1888 the lighthouse and keeper's house was moved a mile inland to its current location. Today visitors can climb the 167 steps to the circular observation platform 110' high for spectacular views of the local coastal landscapes.

This wrought iron spiral staircase takes visitors to the top of the Hunting Island Lighthouse, the only lighthouse in South Carolina still open for visitors to climb.

Spanish moss hangs from a tree over the sidewalks in Beaufort, SC on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette

Spanish moss was hanging from just about every tree throughout the town.

A candlelit pole at the Parish Church of Saint Helena in Beaufort, SC on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette

The historic Parish Church of St. Helena in downtown Beaufort.

The Observation Tower on the Henry Robinson Boardwalk at the Sands Beach in Port Royal, SC on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette

The Observation Tower on the Henry Robinson Boardwalk at the Sands Beach in Port Royal.

The long and winding Henry Robinson Boardwalk at the Sands Beach in Port Royal, SC on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette

The view from the top of the Observation Tower.

The small one-room schoolhouse that now serves as Mikki's Schoolhouse Diner in Port Royal, SC on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette Mikki's Schoolhouse Diner is a locally owned restaurant located inside an old one-room schoolhouse. The schoolhouse was moved to it's current location in a small shopping village in Port Royal from nearby Yemassee. The restaurant is owned and operated by Mikki and Jeff Rolaine, along with Jeff's daughter Arastatia, making it a truly family operated business.

The cozy one-room Mikki’s Schoolhouse Diner in Port Royal.

The delicious Poorman Taco Salad, spread out on an enormous plate and loaded with lettuce, tomato, onion, Frito chips, cheese, two large hamburger patties, and ranch dressing, at Mikki's Schoolhouse Diner in Port Royal, SC on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette Mikki's Schoolhouse Diner is a locally owned restaurant located inside an old one-room schoolhouse. The schoolhouse was moved to it's current location in a small shopping village in Port Royal from nearby Yemassee. The restaurant is owned and operated by Mikki and Jeff Rolaine, along with Jeff's daughter Arastatia, making it a truly family operated business.

I’ll never forget the Poorman’s Taco Salad from Mikki’s Schoolhouse Diner.

Old metal shudders still in place at Fort Fremont Historical Park in Saint Helena Island, SC on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette Fort Fremont consists of several concrete artillery batteries built 1898 in response to the Spanish-American War. The fort was intended to defend local Naval Station Port Royal from invading ships during the war. The fort was deactivated in 1921. Over the next eight decades the property switched hands between several private owners until 2004 when the Trust for Public Land and Beaufort County Council bought the property. Today the property is open to the public to explore the ruins of the concrete batteries. The area is only lightly maintained, and visitors enter at their own risk. However, it is a rare and thrilling place to explore.

The rare treat of exploring the old ruins at Fort Fremont Historic Park in Saint Helena Island.

View of the Richard Woods Memorial Bridge in Beaufort, SC on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette

A nightscape view of the Woods Memorial Bridge from downtown Beaufort.

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The small and cozy downtown area of Beaufort.

View through the absent roof at the Chapel of Ease Ruins in Saint Helena Island, SC on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette The chapel was building in the mid-1700's to serve the families of plantation owners on Saint Helena Island. In 1886 a forest fire destroyed the church, leaving only the walls and a single pillar standing. Today the grounds are maintained by Parish Church of St. Helena. The ruins are open to the public 24/7 for respectful exploration, and permits can be acquired for photo shoots and weddings.

The Chapel of Ease Ruins in Saint Helena Island.

Night view of the Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee, SC on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Copyright 2015 Jason Barnette Composite Photo. Sheldon Church, originally known as Prince William's Parish Church, was built in 1753. In 1779 British General Prevost marched from Savannah into South Carolina during the Revolutionary War and burned the church to the ground. It was rebuilt, but the church faced the fate again. In 1865 General Sherman marched from Savannah into South Carolina during the Civil War, known locally as the War Between the States, and burned the church to the ground again. It was never rebuilt. Today the historic site is open to the public 24/7, and has become a popular destination for photographers and wedding ceremonies.

The final stop of my weekend: spend a couple of hours capturing this photo of the Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee.

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