Two best friends want to show you Beaufort through a new lens.
Nichole Myers and Jennifer Stanley, both of Beaufort, are launching historic photo walking tours in a new business called Beaufort Strolls. Myers, the owner, and Stanley have been friends for 20 years. A love of photography and showing off their hometown led them to create their new business, which launches March 2. Both women are tour guide certified.
For Myers, Beaufort's beauty was something she saw as normal and nothing out of the ordinary. But when she traveled out of the area, she began to see that maybe it was something special.
"I noticed tourists were here for the beauty of Beaufort," Myers said. "It was normal for me, but it was unique for others."
While there are already tours available in Beaufort, Myers said she noticed tourists (or, I think, maybe even curious locals) trying to overhear the guide on the horse-and-carriage tours. So, she thought, why not start up a walking tour, to give locals and tourists the option of seeing the town on foot with the help of a guide?
The tour begins at Cannon Park, at 600 Bay St., and travels through Beaufort's "iconic locations" and historic neighborhoods for 2 1/2 miles. Myers said the tour includes a combination of historic Antebellum homes and the natural landscape of the city, and that the guides narrate throughout the entire tour.
For those who enjoy poking through cemeteries (guilty), that will be included in the tour, too.
"We walk through the St. Helena Episcopal Church graveyard," Myers said. "We tell stories from (as far back as) 1724."
With 300-plus years of history, it's amazing the tour can be wrapped up in just a couple of hours. Cameras are encouraged, but Myers and Stanley will be equipped with cameras to loan to participants. In addition, they will snap photos of you and your group in scenic spots on the tour.
Tours depart at 10:15 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. No tours are offered Wednesdays and Sundays.
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