HISTORY OVERVIEW - Part 10 -18th Century

Image scanned from Seasoned by Salt by Rodney Barfield
It was a poor little village from the beginning, with only a handful of makeshift houses. The first streets were merely sandy clearings, probably with hand-marked wooden stakes. There was a wharf on the natural shoreline that witnessed a few small boats and tall ships arriving from the northern colonies, the West Indies or from England. Early inhabitants were fishermen, tailors, carpenters, shipwrights, coopers, blacksmiths, and shoemakers. The inhabitants did what they had to do to survive.

One of the most vivid accounts of Colonial Beaufort was given by a French traveler who visited the town in 1765. It has been written that the Frenchman arrived at Cape Lookout and walked down the beach to a whalers’ camp. There he persuaded some of the whalers to take him over to Beaufort. A short visit left him with a very unfavorable impression of the town. He described it as “a Small vilage not above 12 houses, the inhabitants seem miserable, they are very lazy and Indolent, they live mostly on fish and oisters, which they have in great plenty.”