You might have noticed that there have been a few changes at Historic Beaufort Foundation over the past few months. One of the most exciting updates that we've made is our revamped graphics program.
We felt as the foundation continues to grow and improve, it was time to "refurbish" our identity, too. We hope that you'll be as pleased with our new design as we are. The new designs can be seen through our online resources, which include our blog, Twitter, Facebook, and of course, our website, www.historicbeaufort.org.
The foundation will host its 46th annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 21 at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. Eric Emerson, executive director of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, will be our keynote speaker. Reservations are required by March 18; call 843-379-3331.
Cost is $10 a person, and we encourage you to attend if you're interested in learning more about the direction of the foundation and the preservation movement in South Carolina.
We continue to host our monthly lecture series on the fourth Monday of the month. In February, Dennis Cannady spoke about Robert Smalls and the history and architecture of the McKee-Smalls House.
On March 28, Dr. Ray Rollings, who is a professional engineer with worldwide military construction experience, will speak about Fort Freemont, Beaufort County's little known historical gem. Dr. Rollings will focus on clarifying the many misconceptions related to Fort Fremont. He'll also put this unique Endicott-era fort in perspective with both local coast defense history and national coastal defense policy.
Open to foundation members and non-members, the lecture series takes place on the second floor of the Verdier House, and features a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The talks are presented from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by audience questions. A three-course dinner at Saltus River Grill is offered at $19 a person for attendees at the lecture.
Admission to the lecture is $15 and $25 for members and member couples, respectively; and $20 and $30 for non-members and non-member couples, respectively. Reservations are required; call 843-379-3331.
The foundation's annual soiree will be held April 30 at historic Tidewater on the Beaufort River. This year's theme is "Time & Tides: A Celebration of 300 Years." This will be an evening of cocktails, culinary specialties, live music and dancing to celebrate Beaufort's 300th birthday. The soiree committee and the foundation's board of trustees are very excited about the occasion and how it is coming together.
Reservations are $100 a person and $75 for those younger than 35. Cocktail attire is required. Reservations are required by April 21; call 843-379-3331 or go to www.historicbeaufort.org.
VERDIER HOUSE TOURS
Of course, the Verdier House is open for tours Monday through Saturday with docent-guided tours starting on the half hour between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Be sure to stop by the only historic house in Beaufort that is open for regularly scheduled tours. You'll learn something new each time you visit.