Beaufort's history shouldn't be put at risk

info@islandpacket.comSeptember 5, 2012 

Recently, I read a story about proposed changes in Beaufort's Historic District.

Regardless of these proposed changes, I pray that the integrity of the district will be appreciated by current residents, as it has been for centuries. Not only was the area explored long before Plymouth Rock, but also descendants of the original Pinckney immigrants who came from England and Antigua lived in the area. One of those descendants, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, fought in the American Revolution and signed the Constitution.

The preservation of Beaufort's Historic District is paramount. It is steeped in the history of Spanish, French and English colonization efforts in the centuries following Columbus' discovery of America in 1492. Additionally, it is a landmark affirmation of early American government, which affirms civil liberty and the rights of man.

For these reasons, the Beaufort Historic District should remain pristine and its origins preserved, not only to respect those who were courageous enough to venture to the area, but also for those who believe in freedom.

Elizabeth Strozier Odle

Columbia, Mo.

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