Nicest Place in the South: Beaufort, North Carolina

There’s no question as to why Birmingham, Alabama, has been able to hold on to its claim as the “Magic City.” With a history as rich as the iron ore that once settled deep within its hills, Birmingham served as a hub for the reinvention of the post-bellum South, as one of the darkest battlegrounds of the Civil Rights movement, and as the incubator for some of the region’s greatest minds, from the father of flight to the inventor of the windshield wiper. Add to that a rich cultural scene featuring art, theater, and musical talent from Bobby Horton to Big Mama Thornton, and it’s no surprise that we think Birmingham is one of the nicest places in the South.


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The Beaufort Pirate Invasion

Beaufort, North Carolina

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In the summer of 1747, Beaufort, North Carolina, faced—and finally defeated—a formidable band of pirates. Wouldn’t you know it? The scoundrels are back every summer for yet another round!


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That’s Three Hundred in Beaufort Years: Part Two

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For three centuries and running, Beaufort, North Carolina, has been the place to be for the quiet—and not so quiet—life of the coastal South


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That’s Three Hundred in Beaufort Years: Part One

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For three centuries and running, Beaufort, North Carolina, has been the place to be for the quiet—and not so quiet—life of the coastal South


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Bringing History to Life: Beaufort’s Old Burying Ground

Beaufort, North Carolina

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History is alive and well in Beaufort’s Old Burying Ground


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Pirates, Ponies, and Pubs: What to See in Beaufort

Beaufort, North Carolina

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Whether you’re after a brush with pirate royalty, the hush of a centuries old cemetery, or a stroll amid quaint historic storefronts, the little seaside town of Beaufort has something for everyone.


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Privateers and Plunder: Otway Burns

Beaufort, North Carolina

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During the War of 1812, Otway Burns and his privateer set out on three missions to interrupt malignant British forces and earned quite the bounty in return.


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Loved and Lost: The Tragic Romance of Nancy Manney

Beaufort, North Carolina

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Some of the best love stories don’t come out of Hollywood but out of your own back yard


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The Legacy of the Shackleford Ponies

Beaufort, North Carolina

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From shipwrecks to failed colonies, the history of the Shackleford Ponies is as rich and varied as any tall tale.


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Last Commodore of the Queen Anne’s Revenge

Beaufort, North Carolina

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Beneath the waves at Beaufort Inlet the last great ship of the king of pirates tells the story once again


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8 Great Books on Charleston History

Charleston, South Carolina

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Perhaps no other single city in the whole of the South has as lengthy and crucial a history in relation to the rest of the South’s evolution than Charleston, South Carolina


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Blackbeard at Bath

Bath, North Carolina

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North Carolina’s first port city, Bath provided a peaceful retirement for the Terror of the Seas

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