It’s a tale of two Beaufort’s. Ten days ago, we were in Beaufort (“BEW-fert”), South Carolina. Tonight, we are in Beaufort (“BOW-fert”) North Carolina. Once you get the pronunciation right, it’s easier to keep them straight.
This one, in North Carolina, also calls itself “Beaufort-by-the-Sea.” It is, in fact, closer to the sea than the other one, if “sea” means “ocean.” Its entire history is tied to it.
The thing that ties the two towns together most for us, though, is the company of Eleanor Grace. We reunited with Marcy and Bryan at “the other Beaufort” after not seeing each other for four months. And again here, without planning it, we ended up at the same dock. We enjoy each other’s company, so this happy coincidence made “BOW-fert” even more special for us.
This seaport is special in many ways. Rather than grand, its homes are simple and charming. The entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its isolated location ensured its distinctiveness. And of course, it’s closely tied to the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Edward Teach). The wreck of his flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, was discovered nearby in 1996, which proved much of the legend but still left some questions. Well, what fun is a legend without some mystery? We learned a lot about this in the local museum.
We spent two nights here to wait out the winds but plan to move on tomorrow, making our way toward the Great Dismal Swamp. I’m looking forward to that! It’s hard to believe we’re just 200 miles from Norfolk, where some tough decisions await. But as Scarlett O’Hara said, I’ll think about that tomorrow!