Beaufort News

Tour historic Fort Mitchel

The Coastal Discovery Museum and the Heritage Library will offer guided tours of historic Fort Mitchel at 10 a.m. Fridays beginning June 8.

The tour covers the origin, construction and operation of the preserved Civil War-era coastal artillery battery on a bluff overlooking a bend in Skull Creek in Hilton Head Plantation.

Participants will learn what life was like on Hilton Head for Union soldiers during their occupation from 1861-66.

The battery was constructed in 1862 as part of the outer defenses for the Port Royal headquarters of the federal Department of the South and the Union Army X Corps.

Tours take slightly less than an hour. Guides are from the all-volunteer staff of the Heritage Library, the island's genealogy and history center charged with preserving the historic site.

The cost is $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 6 to 12. Reservations are required; call the Coastal Discovery Museum at 843-689-6767 to register or go to