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Address: 930 Bay St, Look for the Red Rocking Chairs!, Beaufort, SC 29902-5568
Phone Number: +1 843-525-0459
9:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Here at the Spirit of Old Beaufort our tours are lead by certified guides...

Here at the Spirit of Old Beaufort our tours are lead by certified guides dressed in period costume. Let them transport you back in time by foot or in our air conditioned vans to enjoy the history, folktales and Hollywood film sites of the Carolina Sea Islands of the Beaufort Lowcountry. Come catch the Spirit with us!

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Great downtown tour!

We only had one day in Beaufort and decided to do the downtown tour. The employees at the center were very friendly and not pushy. Jan, our tour guide was amazing. Her enthusiasm... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Georgia C
Auburn KS
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Auburn KS
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We only had one day in Beaufort and decided to do the downtown tour. The employees at the center were very friendly and not pushy. Jan, our tour guide was amazing. Her enthusiasm and knowledge made already a great tour all the better. Wish we could of stayed longer to do the Gullah tour. Beaufort is rich with history and... More 

Thank Georgia C
Charleston, South Carolina
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great, informative overview of the charming town and its unique history. Especially fun for history buffs and people who just like to admire historic homes. Covers a lot of time periods in a relatively small area of town. Charming, scenic and a Lowcountry "must see."

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the historic downtown tour with Jan. We enjoyed it so much, we took the Gullah tour the next day with Jan. Can't say enough about how great it was. Jan was able to educate, engage, entertain and inspire myself and a nine year old!

Thank Lisa C
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful 2 hour historical walking tour with a knowledgeable and friendly guide in period dress (despite the oppressively muggy weather).

Thank TheRetinator
Asheville, North Carolina
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

My grandson and I were in town for only two days and decided to make the most of it. A quick tour might show us some of the history and places we might want to go back to within the days of our visit. We booked a 90 min. tour of the Downtown Van Tour. Jan was our guide. She... More 

Thank connie_lotfi
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

my wife and I took the three hour tour of the low country yesterday. Jan, our driver/guide made the trip. she was very knowledgable about the history and presented as much of the past that could be done in three hours. I might add that she sings also and has a beautiful voice. We highly recommend this tour as a... More 

Thank Sabom
Raleigh, NC
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53 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We took the "Ghost" van tour and our guide was the lovely Ashley. We definitely got our money's worth, as Ashley is quite knowledgeable about all thing spooky in the area! Beware the Boo Hags!!

Thank Pippi_two
Whispering Pines, North Carolina
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

We took the Low Country Plantation & Gullah Tour. As there were only four of us (two sisters we met that morning and the two of us), we went by van, always more pleasant than a bus. Our guide and driver, Jan, was quite good. She was well versed in the history both of the area and the Gullah people.... More 

Thank Roy C
Surprise, Arizona
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

This was our best tour during our one week on American Cruise Line. Kelly was so knowledgeable and shared her love of the Gullah history. We visited the Penn school, the Praise House, a former church. Everyone in the area should take Kelly's tour. It lasted about 2 1/2 hrs.

Thank Vicki D
Spiritmanager, Owner at The Spirit of Old Beaufort, responded to this review

The Tour guide was Evelene not Kelly. She has not worked here for 2 years. But we did have these people on our tour they just got name wrong of their guide. More 

Bellevue, Washington
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Our guide Ashley was very knowledgeable and so warm and gracious. My mother, aunt, and I took a van tour of town and Pick-Pocket plantation and loved it. We could not believe how much Ashley knew about all the houses we passed in town, as well as the details about the family that built the plantation. And her a cappella... More 

Thank Anne S

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