HISTORY OVERVIEW - Part 12 - 20th Century

Celebrating New Depot and One of First Trains to Beaufort - June 8, 1907
Again, Amy Muse, in her History of the Methodist in Beaufort (1941), gives us a good snapshot of life around town: 

“At some elusive period early in this century, Beaufort changed considerably. Banker ponies were prohibited on the Town Marsh and Bird Shoal, so they were no longer able to swim across the channel at low tide to graze along the sidewalks or run up and down the streets at night. Artesian wells took the place of the town pumps. A factory was built to manufacture our own ice. Sheds overhanging the sidewalks were removed, the picket fence around the cemetery was replaced with a wall, Dr. Maxwell came out with his Maxwell automobile in 1911, and from then on the familiar two-wheeled carts drawn by banker ponies began to disappear from the streets.

"The old ordinance prohibiting travel at more than ten miles an hour on straight roads or six around corners soon seemed foolish and later was repealed. The old fence around the town and the town gates were kept in condition until after 1910 then gradually people stopped closing the gates and no longer kept in repair, they disappeared.

"The picturesque net reels that stood on Bird Shoal fell into disuse and one by one disappeared the last going just about the time the board walk went. Somewhere along these years, too, women dropped their widows' bonnets with the narrow white rushing about the face and the heavy black veils falling sometimes all around the head; sometimes from the back only. Days of the bonnets were days when a woman mourned for life. A dress for a second wedding was supposed to be at least 'light mourning.'

"The railroad had something to do with the change, the light and water plants in 1909, the Inland Waterway in 1911, the World War, the radios that began to come around 1918—everything that tended to put us in closer touch with a larger world.”


Although Beaufort was affected directly by and took part in our country’s major events over the centuries, it remained very isolated for the most of its history. Today, residents and visitors remain thankful that Beaufort, this little village by-the-sea, has not only maintained its historic appearance, but also remains small, quaint, and unspoiled.
During the 20th century, these boats were used for fishing,
hauling, as mailboats and general transportation.
Carolina Sharpie, Shad Boat and Shrimper
Models by Jim Goodwin