Updates regarding tour and events
Beaufort Historical Association’s 60th Old Homes Tour
The Beaufort Historical Association has hosted an Old Homes Tour weekend for the past 59 years. The event for the 60th anniversary has already been selected as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for the month of June by the Southeast Tourism Society. This is a very prestigious award for an equally prestigious event. While the Association would love to host this traditional tour, the safety and well-being of attendees is the number one priority.
Twelve wonderful homeowners have been planning since last year to have their homes showcased as part of this special fundraiser for the Beaufort Historical Association. “It’s very hard to not have the tour this year, but it’s even harder right now to imagine having this very large event in Beaufort,” Patricia Suggs, Executive Director of the Beaufort Historical Association said. “In 1959, the town was unable to prepare for their 250th anniversary celebration. Rather than let this special occasion go uncelebrated, the next year the town had a huge party to celebrate the 251st anniversary. This celebration energized the town’s residents to recognize the beauty of their homes and led to the restoration of many of their wonderful historic properties. It also led to the formation of the Beaufort Historical Association. Postponing this year, hopefully will help us treasure what we have in this town even more.”
On the Association’s website, beauforthistoricsite.org, there will be information about the homes that were going to be featured on the tour and the option to donate to the BHA in honor of these homeowners and this event. Several smaller events surrounding the tour may take place. These include a luncheon on June 24, at the Dunes Club in Atlantic Beach with New York Times best-selling author Mary Kay Andrews, a free evening chorale concert at Purvis Chapel on June 25 at 7 p.m. paying tribute to Old Homes Tour Honorary Chairs Molly Willis and Ann Carter, and a Southern Brunch on June 28 with a presentation by James Beard award-winning chef Nathalie Dupree. Dupree is a best-selling author who has published 15 cookbooks and has been featured in more than 300 television shows. She is also the winner of four James Beard Awards; three for cookbooks and one for Who’s Who in American Cooking.
It is unclear what events will be possible at this time. For updates regarding the Old Homes Tour, please continue to visit beauforthistoricsite.org, follow @thebeauforthistoricsite on Instagram, or call the Historic Site at 252-728-5225.