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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Beaufort - Happy Birthday!

Posted June 2, 2009 10:16 a.m. EDT
Updated June 2, 2009 4:41 p.m. EDT

How about a rousing round of “Happy Birthday” for Beaufort? 300 years old! That’s a lot of candles on anybody’s cake!

Founded in 1709, Beaufort is described today as “delightfully different.” That’s a pretty good description. I can’t think of any town quite like the Carteret County community. There’s a historical sweetness to Beaufort. It wears the years with grace and dignity. Beaufort is pretty but it’s not ostentatious. Almost everything in Beaufort is made of wood and painted white. It is a place of picket fences surrounding historic houses built by shipwrights. The architecture has a Caribbean influence.

I love to peruse the Old Burying Ground in the historic district with its weathered tombstones shaded by ancient live oaks. I enjoy a trip to the NC Maritime Museum where you can learn about “the graveyard of the Atlantic.” I savor Sunday mornings at St. Paul’s parish on Ann Street. I love the early morning light on the waterfront across the street from Clawson’s restaurant with its famous shrimp and grits. I delight in the warm hospitality of Katie and Bruce Ethridge at the Beaufort Inn. My mouth waters at the French bistro menu of Beaufort Grocery Company for lunch.

Those are just a few things I like about Beaufort. What are your favorite things about this whitewashed town by the sea? Please share.

Can you name the song I wrote about a special event in Beaufort?

By the way, tomorrow is weigh day on the Ten Pounds Down weight loss challenge. It’s going to be close for me in reaching my goal of 181 tomorrow. My appetite has been raging today.