BEAUFORT, North Carolina
Massacres, Murder and Mayhem
This little North Carolina fishing town is full of history, nature and good times. All ages will create fantastic memories along the Beaufort Ghost Walk Tour, where the tour guides are pirates, and the path passes historically spooky buildings and grounds.
Don’t expect “ghostly” encounters, but do anticipate learning so much about the adrenalin-pumping exploits of those who settled Eastern North Carolina more than 300 years ago, in 1709. You may pass by Blackbeard’s home, and you’ll hear tales of the murders that rocked the small town for generations and learn about the ghost ships some say still troll the waters.
Soldiers and sailors came and went, and the anecdotes about them prove both entertaining and enlightening.
This is a fun nighttime activity, and the walking is brisk, but the guides keep things light and there are kernels of truth in what you’ll hear. (You decide whether the houses are truly haunted, but either way, the good times roll.)
WOW Factor: Most folks love walking past the cemetery and everyone recommends returning during the day to walk through the Beaufort Burial Grounds, where headstones tell the stories and ancient trees provide perfect photo opportunities. Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center for a map of the Burial Grounds.
Hint: Wear comfortable shoes, of course, but depending upon the time of year, take/wear bug repellent. This is the coast after dusk, so be forewarned. Plan to walk for about an hour, often at a fast pace. Take your camera and know that some of the stories are more than a little creepy. Reservations for the Ghost Walk Tour are necessary, and as long as enough folks sign up, the tour is given year round. The meeting point is at the Grayden Paul Park, located across from the Beaufort Town Hall. Parking’s a breeze. Many yachts and sailboats moor along the public docks. Walk the waterfront, enjoy the salt air and look across Taylors Creek for the wild ponies and horses that make their home on Carrot Island.
Learn more at: www.beauforthistoricsite.org
More about the Ghost Walk: www.PCTourco.com
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