Whether you are a first time visitor to Beaufort and its website, or a frequent user, it is my pleasure to welcome you. Founded in 1709 and North Carolina’s 3rd oldest town, there is much to see and appreciate. There are many beautiful restored homes that pre-date the Civil War, and the water vista and tree lined streets are most picturesque.
We are home to the North Carolina Maritime Museum and its Queen Anne Revenge artifacts from Blackbeard’s ship which sunk off the Beaufort Inlet. In fact, Beaufort in its early history was captured by pirates. Beaufort is also home to the noted Nicholas School of the Environment of Duke University and one of the earliest NOAA labs is still alive and thriving in Beaufort.
Many yachts and sailboats moor in our Town public docks and you are welcome to 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. You can take Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks excursions from our waterfront, kayak down Taylors Creek, or take a water taxi across Taylors Creek to swim and picnic on Carrot Island. You can also shop in specialty shops or eat in our great restaurants. You will then see why Look Magazine has designated Beaufort as the top undiscovered beach resort community.
Our culture and heritage are important assets to be cherished. Our citizens are friendly and Town staff and employees provide good, efficient services at reasonable costs.
So it is with pride that we welcome you and invite you to visit for a while or make this your home.
Mayor Richard Stanley
For places of interest and activities to enjoy while visitng Beaufort click on the link below.