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Take a day trip to Beaufort, South Carolina

Beaufort, South Carolina is 30miles away from Bluffton/Hilton Head. If you are staying in Daufuskie Island and want a historical day trip away from the island that is rich in history drive over for the day. Mother's Day Weekend: My mom and I took off like Thelma and Louise for a long weekend away from Atlanta. We had an inexpensive hotel booked but that was our only plan. We traveled from Atlanta to Beaufort, South Carolina. We had heard that Beaufort is a mini Charleston and rich with history and art. If you want a luxurious or romantic getaway stay at the Rhett House Inn right down town or the Beaufort Inn. Take a horse drawn carriage through the Spanish moss draped live oak trees to learn about the history of Beaufort. The shops and art galleries line Bay Street, the main street in Beaufort. They all have very cute names like Salt and Sweetgrass. Be sure to have breakfast at the Blackstone CafĂ© and even take your four legged friend if you don’t mind sitting on the patio. Th

Preservation two-step: Saving a home and its current ownership

Robert Behre Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 9:00 a.m. DAUFUSKIE ISLAND - David Helmuth steps between the hodgepodge of exposed floor joists and walls studs inside the early 20th-century cottage here at 188 School Road, as he finishes removing the last of its termite-damaged wood. Helmuth, a contractor, is working for the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, a state preservation group working to save this remnant of the island's once-thriving Gullah culture. Photo Gallery Daufuskie Island This cottage is more historic than most because it once was home to Frances Jones, a revered community figure who taught black schoolchildren on this remote Sea Island and who also helped many of their illiterate parents. But the most significant aspect of this ongoing restoration is not Jones' story, nor the uniqueness of the structure itself. Instead, it's the innovative deal that the Palmetto Trust struck that not only aims to restore the home but also to