James Davis and Elizabeth Adams were married in 1803 and had 12 children
About 1829 James Davis built this saltbox-style home at 215
During his lifetime James Davis built many homes in Beaufort’s historic district. James was an excellent carpenter and often referred to himself as an “arch-chi-tect.”
Even though the floors are 12-inch pine, the house was built as a practical, utilitarian one with few, if any, frills. It was built with no mantles. The original oyster-plaster walls were probably whitewashed.
Davis’ workshop in the above-ground basement has a truly interesting history. During and following the Civil War, it served as home to some of the