Beaufort SC

Penn Center Barn.JPGWe’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.

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We were greeted with a cheerful “Grand rising” in the Visitor’s Center this morning.
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Robert Middleton, who volunteers in the museum, was a student at the school in the 1940’s.

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.


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5 thoughts on “Beaufort SC

  1. We’re having a great trip so far, though we haven’t really escaped the cold temps, with them regularly dipping into the mid 30’s at night. We’re predicted to see mid 20’s tonight. Brrrrr….


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