Beaufort South Carolina: Steeped in History, Rich With Culture

A thriving arts culture and community are high on the list of “must haves’ for people relocating to enjoy life after 55. If you are an art lover and considering putting down roots in Beaufort South Carolina, you are on the right track. 

Art for everyone:

Author John Villani recognized Beaufort in his book, The 100 Best Art Towns in America. American Style Magazine designated this beautiful place a Small City Arts Destination.

Beaufort SC has much to offer those who love the Arts. Paintings, sculpture, pottery, textiles, and art glass are just a few of the gorgeous mediums that inspire artists to create. There are over 20 independent art galleries in Beaufort and the surrounding Sea Islands. Hundreds of residents contribute to the colorful and thriving art scene.

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Exploring Your Inner Artist

If you’ve wished for time to dust off your watercolor paints and pull out your easel and Kolinsky brushes that time is now - the coastal waters, picturesque Beaufort streets, and colorful markets offer themselves as subjects to painters and photographers alike.

You’ll no doubt be inspired by the art on view at numerous galleries in Beaufort and the surrounding Sea Islands. The Beaufort Cultural District is a walkable section of downtown where you can see a full array of arts, cultural venues, organizations, and special events.

Enjoy strolling musicians and delicious refreshments at Beaufort’s ArtWalk! This popular event takes place in the spring and fall each year, with visits to over a dozen galleries in the Beaufort Cultural District. The next Art Walk for 2017 is on October 28th, from 5 – 7:30 PM. Participating galleries include: Atelier On Bay, BeaufortPics, Indigo Gallery and Studio, LyBensons’ Gallery and Studio, and Thibault Gallery. 

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Enjoy music, live theatre, and literature here in Beaufort!

Beaufort music aficionados revel in the broad choice of opera, chamber music, country or good old blues and jazz. The University of Beaufort’s Centre For the Arts, local pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, and churches offer everything from organ concerts, choirs, and dueling banjos to symphonies, comedy skits, and literary lectures. 

Beaufort’s Annual Music Festival now in its 29th year takes place for two days each May and offers a richly diverse musical lineup with a focus on fresh musical talent. An immensely popular family-friendly event, the Festival also features food trucks, activities for children, and a beer garden. Bring a chair!

USCB Centre For the Arts on the historic Beaufort campus holds a 460-person auditorium, two public art galleries, a ceramics studio, a drawing and painting studio, and a 3D design studio.

As the cultural hub for Beaufort County for over thirty years the USCB CFA has a long-standing tradition of endorsing and supporting the arts, including the following: 

  • The Chamber Music Series.
  • The Beaufort Theatre Company, and countless performances of internationally acclaimed performing artists. 
  • Beaufort Children's Theater.  
  • The Met Opera Live in HD.
  • Movie Night featuring independent films and documentaries.
  • The Pat Conroy Literary Festival. 

Last but not least, the Beaufort Arts Council fosters ARTworks, a 12,000-square-foot community arts center, theatre, and gallery in the Beaufort Town Center located in the heart of historic downtown Beaufort. The Council provides opportunities for artists to create, display, learn, and perform art in all of its cultural and historical diversity. 

The Beaufort Arts Council is a non-profit organization that hosts memorable fundraising galas such as the upcoming Beaux Arts Ball. November 11, 2017, which promises: An evening of art, music, canvas design, and flavor, all cultivated to evoke your senses and emotions. 

Libraries: 

The rich culture of the south is exemplified in its literature. Beaufort libraries house a trove of books and films where bookworms and movie buffs can while away the hours.

  1. Downtown Beaufort Library has an online catalogue of talking books, a cloud library, digital library, and more.
  2. University of South Carolina Beaufort Library offers books, movies, ebooks, journals and newspapers, and other materials.
  3. MCCS Library has a full range of library offerings that can be accessed by military families.

History and Architecture:

Beaufort’s Historic District was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.

The area is divided into five unique and distinct neighborhoods. Rich with post-civil war history and graced with massive Antebellum mansions the town of Beaufort offers hours of viewing pleasure and learning for history buffs – both residents and visitors!

Guides host walking history lessons throughout the Beaufort area, and for those preferring the comfort of wheels, some guides ride along in a horse drawn carriages or an air conditioned van stopping to discuss the history and architecture of the graceful Lowcountry mansions and other architectural treasures.

Life-long learning.

Lectures, courses, and educational travel offer Beaufort residents the opportunity to stimulate their minds and continue to develop intellectually. The most notable venue for life-long learning in Beaufort is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), at the University of South Carolina.

Membership in OLLI comes with many benefits some of which include discounted tickets for events at the USCB Centre For the Arts. Their website has a wealth of information and will likely inspire you to sign on for a course or lecture.

There is so much to experience in Beaufort and the best way to enjoy it all is to live here! 

Why not start by paying us a visit here at Celadon? 

We’ve made it easy for you to come to Beaufort for a few days with our special Discovery Visit. You’ll stay at your choice of three fine hotels or inns and tour the neo traditional community of Celadon, an award winning planned community just minutes from downtown Beaufort.

To find out more about this $299 per couple opportunity and to explore what Celadon has to offer, go to our website here.

We sincerely look forward to seeing you soon and to showing you around this beautiful coastal town and Beaufort’s number one address – Celadon!