2523 Boundary St.
Beaufort, SC 29906
Phone: (843) 522-3361
Fax: (843) 522-9929
Arts & Museums
As the only Kazoo manufacturing company in the United States, this one-story musical toy facility is also a museum with tours and a gift shop. Kids and adults have a chance to make their own kazoos, too. Educational and entertaining, this museum shows that there's more to the little plastic sound maker. Invented in 1883 by Warren Herbert Frost, a kazoo is shaped like a submarine that, when blown into, modifies a person's voice. It is both a professional device and one that can be played just for fun. Located in a plain warehouse, The Kazoo Factory museum has an extensive display of early designs, materials and historic pieces. A factory tour shows how a kazoo is made in different styles, sizes and colors. Parking is on-site. -Natasha Lawrence
A Greek Revival mansion built in 1844 and formerly owned by the Beaufort Historic Foundation, the George Elliott House is one of the beautiful structures in Beaufort that Sherman did not destroy during the Civil War. It was used by the military until 1865. Deserted at that time by the original owner and rice planter, Dr. W. A. Jenkins, as Union troops approached, it was sold by the Federal Government for back taxes after the war. The ground floor of the building is open to self-guided tours Monday through Friday, and the upper floors are now used as private offices. Visitors can purchase gifts and artwork from the Garden Shop. There is no admission charge. -Natasha Lawrence
Open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Lowcountry Estuarium is a coastal learning center designed to promote the conservation and preservation of the Lowcountry's marshes, creeks, rivers, and sounds by providing educational and recreational hands-on learning.
Dedicated on January 8, 1975, this 8,000-square-foot building is located at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, an active military facility. There is a short film that introduces the visitor to the base. On the first floor visitors can explore the history of Parris Island from prehistoric times, occupation by Native Americans to the time the Depot was established. The second floor features photos, artifacts, equipment, uniforms and other memorabilia from 1900 on. To access the base, visitors must obtain a pass at the front gate (have driver's license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration ready). Visit the Parris Island Museum Gift Shop that is managed by the Parris Island Historical and Museum Society (the store accepts credit cards). Check the website graduation dates; ceremonies on Thursdays and Fridays may cause traffic. Closed New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Admission to the museum is free.
Built in 1858, this beautiful four-story Gothic Revival plantation home with four bedrooms is listed with the National Register of Historic Places. Located on 12 acres of Rose Hill Plantation, a spacious cottage adjacent to the house, a former carriage house, is available for stays. With 10,000 square feet, rooms of special interest include the gentleman's game room, a conservatory and the library. House tours are offered Monday through Friday at 2p. At the end, refreshments are offered. Period furnishings, decor, clothing, art and antiques with reference to the Civil War are throughout. Children under the age of six are not permitted. - Natasha Lawrence
There's more to Hilton Head than sand dunes and sand traps. A vivacious arts scene is in full bloom, as evidenced by the success of the Hilton Head Art League. In their gallery, you'll find a never-ending succession of exhibitions and special events, featuring both renowned masters and up-and-coming newbies. For the artistically inclined, they offer on-site classes and workshops, and the facility (and related website) also serves as a great networking tool. See said website for event calendar, class schedule and more.
In a move that all Americans should envy, the people of Hilton Head banded together and placed stringent zoning restrictions on their island. As a result, a great deal of the region's ecosystems remain untouched, making Hilton Head an ideal place to get closer to nature. The Coastal Discovery Museum further facilitates that connection by providing visitors with a bevy of interactive exhibits, programs and tours that impart an expanse of knowledge about the intricacies of Lowland South Carolina's web of eminently biodiverse wetlands. See website for event calendar, educational programs, membership info and more.
Honey Horn, the oldest and only surviving plantation home in Hilton Head, is a beautiful 68-acre site. Once owned by legendary Wall Street tycoon Alfred Lee Loomis, the plantation now plays host to a prime amount of Hilton Head events. So if you're in this neck of the woods, swing by Honey Horn and enjoy some good-natured frivolity.
Learn about the history, heritage, and wildlife of Coastal Carolina at this museum that features indoor and outdoor exhibits about animal and plant life, ecology, archeology, and the region's cultural history. The museum also offers programs, activities, and 11 different tours and cruises around the island. A gift shop is also on site.
Hilton Head, long a destination of artists looking for a tranquil place to unleash their creative energies, continues to be a prime setting for the creation and appreciation of all things artistic. The Arts Center goes a long way toward cementing this reputation, what with its year-round program of concerts, theater, dance and performance art with the Elizabeth Wallace Theater at the center of its performance schedule. And all of that is to say nothing of the Center's on-site gallery, where you'll find works by artists local and international. See website for calendar of events and more.
Morris & Whiteside Galleries houses an extensive collection of 19th and 20th century paintings and sculpture. Western cowboy art, beautiful landscapes, still-life elements and a variety of other contemporary art pieces can be found displayed at this fabulous gallery. Eminent international artists as well as amateur painters exhibit their works at Morris & Whiteside. Interesting art workshops, art meets and events are featured regularly in the itinerary of the gallery. For connoisseurs of fine art, this place is a treat! Visit website for more information.
This colorful shop in The Village at Wexford is a celebration of all things art. From expansive canvases to charming salt and pepper holders, the pieces all represent the work of contemporary American artists such as Annora Spence, Michael Leu and Beki Killorin. Owned and operated by Jean and Wally Smith, the gallery offers visitors a chance to comfortably browse a vast selection of pieces (and correspondingly, a wide range of prices). While some of the larger items can be as much as USD 3000, there are many small trinkets such as paperweights and wind chimes that are quite reasonably priced and ideal for gifts and souvenirs.