1860 Map of Beaufort
1860 Map of Beaufort

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Photo taken by Sam A. Cooley on December 18, 1864 showing a store for freedmen in Beaufort
Photo taken by Sam A. Cooley on December 18, 1864 showing a store for freedmen in Beaufort

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Daniel H. Byntwood House, 1974
Daniel H. Byntwood House, 1974

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1860 Map of Beaufort
1860 Map of Beaufort

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Integrity & Condition Study

Beaufort NHL District

BEAUFORT, SC

The town of Beaufort rose to prominence in the antebellum era as a hub of South Carolina plantation culture and is significant for its contributions to the Civil War and for the role it played in African American history both during and after the war. The Beaufort National Historic Landmark District (BNHLD) is significant for both high-style architecture, constructed by wealthy plantation owners, and the folk architectural patterns established after the Civil War by the African American community.

When the district was listed as a National Historic Landmark District in 1973, it was determined significant for its antebellum history and architecture, as rooted in the societal and cultural norms of this era, which limited the incorporation of vernacular and African American architecture and history in preservation practice.

Ethos partnered with ONEIDA LG2 Environmental Solutions  to complete the study. This involved orientation meetings, fieldwork & photography, identification of character-defining features, research, mapping  interviews, and a composition of study.