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“Amazing collection of enormous live oaks & beautifully maintained historic homes. A MUST DO while in Beaufort.”
Review of The Point

The Point
Ranked #12 of 62 things to do in Beaufort
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Richmond, VA
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Amazing collection of enormous live oaks & beautifully maintained historic homes. A MUST DO while in Beaufort.”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

The Point is best enjoyed on foot or by horse-drawn carriage, or perhaps by bicycle (although bicycle may be too fast). We first walked through the Point while doing the self-guided Beaufort Tree Walk (brochure available at Beaufort Visitor Center). Our walk took a while -- we had never seen such a collection of beautifully maintained antebellum mansions or huge, Spanish-moss-draped live oaks within such a small area.

We enjoyed the Point again during our horse-drawn buggy ride (which we highly recommend) (Southurn Rose buggy tours is wonderful), and we learned that one of the trees we admired is 800 years old! Most of the trees in the Point are many hundreds of years old, having survived hurricanes and a war. After our buggy ride, we returned again by foot to get a closer look at the Big Chill house, The Oaks, and other houses pointed out on our tour.

The houses and trees are simply amazing. If you don't want to do the buggy ride, just get a free map from the visitor center and wander around the Point for a couple hours. (Unlike many southern cities, Beaufort was not burned during the Civil War, which is why so many antebellum homes are still standing.)

Visited April 2013
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Potomac
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“If you love old houses this is for you”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

The point has some of the best preserved pre-civil war houses of South Carolina, take the carriage ride and you'll really be stepping back in time.

Visited March 2013
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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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“The Point is well represented in American history and Hollywood films”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Perhaps nowhere in the Low Country from Charleston to Savannah is there a place of such extraordinary beauty and history as The Point (on the Beaufort River) in Beaufort, S. C. Whether you want to walk along the blocks and admire all the Beaufort-style (a unique style of architecture that employs a stone basement construction with raised first floors --hey, they had flooding in those days too!) or the more classical ante-bellum styles of the plantation owners. Most of the wealth of these homes came from either rice or Sea Island Cotton, a particularly excellent quality cotton. All of it based on the slave labor. Beaufort was taken over by the Union early in the Civil War, perhaps 1861. All these people who owned the homes who had lived in the houses for 100 or more years fled and didn't return until 1865 to bid on the homes that, many, had been sold for back taxes. Very few were able to obtain their homes.

Beaufort was the center of African-American educational efforts by the Abolishionists from Massachusetts who set up Penn Center down the road to help educate the freed slaves after the Emancipation Proclamation.

As for films, "The Great Santini", "Prince of Tides, "Forrest Gump," and "The Big Chill" have been filmed in part in The Point. See if you can identify the homes used in the films.

Visited February 2013
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Kernersville
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“Walk everywhere!”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

The point, as well as the rest of the historic district, are easlly walkable and a must when you're in Beaufort. Every street you walk down has another magnificent historic home with a view of the river. We walked the area every day we were there.

Visited February 2013
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Boston
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“Best historic neighborhood in the Low Country”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

Taking a stroll through The Point in Beaufort is a necessary part of any trip through the Low Country. It is a must, and I do it every time I am in the area.

Visited February 2013
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