We’ve loved the live oaks draped with Spanish moss, the expansive saltwater marshlands, the well-kept antebellum homes lining quiet streets in beautiful Beaufort, and collards growing in the fields.
In 1862 the US Navy declared victory in this area, and freed 32,530 slaves in the Beaufort district alone. An abolitionist relief committee sent two women, a Quaker and a Unitarian, to start a school to teach them to be self supportive and to “elevate their moral and social condition.” Now known as Penn Center, this is a place where history is both made and kept, while continuing to serve as a valuable resource to the people who live here.
We met up with Dianne and Tony for lunch, a couple from York, Maine that we met in Charleston. Check out Dianne’s Travelitch blog! After lunch we took a 9-mile spin on the Spanish Moss Trail. This lovely rails-to-trails ride is a work in progress, and a nice way to see the area.