Ann Street - Early 1900's


This photo was taken about 1912 on Ann Street. My friend Nancy McKee Smith’s mother, Louise Gordon Thomas, born in Beaufort in 1906, is about 8 years old. Nancy’s mother went to St. Paul’s School until 1918. The small boys are Louise's twin brothers - Thomas Thomas and Edward Gordon Thomas - born in 1910. The Thomas family lived in the second block of Front Street, referred to in a letter from Nancy's mother as “…a wide road made of oyster shell between the house and the wharves.” Click the photo and notice the "ribboned" goat hooked up to the interestingly-designed cart.

Reserve Cutter Stationed Here During Civil War

US Revenue Cutter Forward
Oil Painting-Artist Unknown
Coast Guard Academy Museum Art Collection
The Forward, a 89-foot topsail schooner that displaced 139 tons, was built by William Easby of Washington for $3,786.75. She was in service from 1842 until she was sold in 1865. She was home ported in Baltimore, MD and later Wilmington, DE and saw service during the Mexican War, including the assault on Tabasco in 1846. She was transferred briefly to the Coast Survey in 1847. During the Civil War she was stationed in Beaufort, NC.