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“self-guided tour” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground

Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground
Ranked #2 of 35 things to do in Beaufort
Certificate of Excellence
Rutherfordton
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“self-guided tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

Although there are group tours with costumed guides at various times of the year, there are always free brochures near the gate with some very interesting details about 28 of the hundreds of graves there. Many go back to the 1700's, though I was surprised to find one for an old friend who died in 2008. The shapes and carvings on the old stones are fascinating, at least to those of us who love the peaceful peek into history that an old cemetery offers. This graveyard was never laid out in neat little rows, the stones are scattered under and around the old live oak trees and thick shrubbery. Meandering through, locating the 28 specific graves, is something of a treasure hunt, with a heightened awareness of our histories as the reward.

Visited November 2013
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High Point, NC
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287 reviews
69 attraction reviews
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“Beaufort's Spooky Graveyard”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

The nice folks at the Beaufort visitors center stressed the importance of visiting the Burying Ground. They were right. It is eerie, it is chilling, it is the design for a spooky graveyard stolen by Hollywood. When we arrived there were professional photographers using vintage dry-plate photographic equipment ( you know-a black cloth over their head-on a tripod-short focal length) taking lots of shots of grave scenes. I fancy they were part of the Sleepy Hollow crews haunting Wilmington and other coastal Carolina locations for images to be used for the TV show. The graveyard has a church at each of its four corners. Even in daylight it was disturbing. Very Victorian!

Visited October 2013
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Great Way to Learn History of this Southern Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

Make sure you go to the Historical Society and get a map for the self-guided walking tour. Takes about 45 minutes and was very interesting and informative.

Visited October 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“History buffs will love this”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

Have visited some other old cemeteries and this one compares to Savannah. Graves dating back to 1700's. Like walking back in time. Many CSA grave sites. Worth the time to walk thru

Visited October 2013
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Lexington, Ky
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49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Interesting and beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Interesting stroll through history. If you download or pick up the list of who's who it becomes even more fascinating. Very nice and serene.

Visited October 2013
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