We hope that Historic Beaufort Foundation has touched you in 2011, whether through the Dinner & A Lecture series, the brand new but permanent Beaufort Volunteer Artillery exhibit or the traveling Robert Smalls exhibit in the Verdier House.
We encourage you to visit the Robert Smalls exhibit before it leaves Dec. 20. There is no cost for foundation members to see these displays of Beaufort's history and each member can bring a friend, relative or guest free of charge. Non-member admission is $10 and includes a full tour of the Verdier House.
We trust you enjoyed one or more of our community events such as the Lafayette Soiree, the January Oyster Roast or the Fall Festival of Houses & Gardens. We're excited to announce that the dates have already been set for these three events in 2012. The Oyster Roast will be Jan. 13 at Marshlands. The Great Gatsby-themed Lafayette Soiree will be April 28 at Tidewater, and The Fall Festival of Houses & Gardens will be Oct. 25-28. For more information about any of our events, go to www.historicbeaufort.org or call 843-379-3331.
We hope you will find time to drop by our new offices at 208 Scott's Street just in back of the Verdier House. We have saved and rehabilitated this former Model T repair shop into the foundation's new office. We have extensive building files that are available to the public, so please come and enjoy our new research space.
Over the past year, we have been working with and monitoring the city of Beaufort's implementation of the 2009 Comprehensive Plan. We have worked closely with the Redevelopment Commission and with the staff of the Office of Civic Investment. We have been involved behind the scenes as form-based codes are being introduced into the city, generally, and in the National Historic Landmark District in particular. And we are consistent attendees at monthly meetings (as advocates for the National Historic Landmark district) as new construction and facade changes are proposed. In short, much of our work is under the radar but is no less important than saving treasured buildings.
Our 2012 plans include a preservation project in the Northwest Quadrant of the historic district. We have also been successful in attracting, as well as hosting, the National Trust for Historic Preservation's upcoming Preservation Leadership Training program in Beaufort. More information on these exciting projects will be provided.
We appreciate your support in 2011 and look forward to an even more successful 2012.
Julie Good is the executive director of Historic Beaufort Foundation.