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The Beaufort Historic Site depicts life in the seaport village of Beaufort in the 18th and 19th centuries through its authentically restored houses and civic buildingss. Tours of these buildings, along with the historic district and Old Burying ground, are given by experienced docents in period dress Monday - Saturday.     

Historic Buildings Tour

All prized for their period collections and furnishings, the homes of history run the gamut from the rustic c1778 Leffers Cottage, and the elaborately furnished Victorian Josiah Bell House c1825, to the award-winning restoration of the Federal-style John C. Manson House c1825. The historic buildings include the Carteret County Jail c1829, the Apothecary Shop and Doctor’s Office c1857 containing priceless pharmaceutical and medicinal artifacts used in early Beaufort, and the Carteret County Courthouse of 1796, which is the only remaining wood-framed English Circuit courthouse left intact in North Carolina. Each building depicts a different period or aspect of life in historic Beaufort.
Tours consist of three buildings.

Monday – Saturday                                     
10:00 am | 11:30 am | 1:00 pm | 3:00 pm
Tickets: $10 for adults | $5 for children


Double-Decker Bus Tour

Hop aboard and see Beaufort’s historic district from atop our 1967 English double-decker bus. Local narrators tell tales of Beaufort’s rich past of pirates, star-crossed lovers, and Confederate spies.

Tours run April through October, Charters available year-round.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11:00 am | 1:30 pm
Tuesdays, Thursdays - 1:30 pm
Tickets: $10 for adults | $5 for children

Reserve today! Charter the BHA's Double Decker Bus for your next event!


Old Burying Ground Tours

Majestic Live Oak trees enshroud the historic gravesites within this cemetery listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A guide leads tours through the Old Burying Ground telling tales of its many colorful characters.

Tours run June through September

Tuesday, Thursday - 2:30 pm
Tickets: $10 for adults | $5 for children


Combination tickets available! 2 tours for $15 or 3 tours for $20


Beaufort Historic Site
100 Block Turner Street | Beaufort, NC 28516
252.728.5225 | 800.575.7483