by Paula Gail Benson
If you’ve seen the movies The Big Chill, The Great Santini, and The Prince of Tides, then you’ve seen parts of Beaufort, South Carolina. Pronounced Beau (rhyming with DEW) -fort rather than the North Carolina Beau (rhyming with SEW) -fort, the city preserves its historic features while offering a thriving community for the arts, education, and military installations (Beaufort Marine Corps Base, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, and Naval Hospital Beaufort Navy Base).
Up the street from Lowcountry Produce is NeverMore Books, now located at 910 Port Republic Street. It provides a warm and welcoming environment for any book lover. As you enter, there is a large collection of books by local authors about Beaufort. I’ll recommend two in particular by a good friend and excellent historian, Alexia Jones Helsley. A Guide to Historic Beaufort, South Carolina (History and Guide) (The History Press 2006) provides both the story of the city as well as suggestions for touring. Wicked Beaufort (The History Press 2011) offers a history of Beaufort’s illicit activities spanning from the 1500s to the 1900s.
|Gregorie Glass Website
|Greg with Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors
Beaufort may best be known as the home of novelist Pat Conroy. The Pat Conroy Literary Center is located downtown and contains memorabilia and offers programs of interests to readers and writers of all ages. Come see the Spanish moss, smell the pluff mud, and be inspired by a man who drew his own inspiration from this charmed city.