Historic Lowcountry fort now a park and heritage preserve

Dated: February 28 2021

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There is a ton of history here in the Beaufort SC area and there are also a ton of parks. Last month, Beaufort County combined two of Beaufort's greatest assets when they turned the grounds and the ruins of a 1734 British Fort into a park for everyone to enjoy.

Closed to the public for decades, British Fort Frederick is now a park that includes parking areas, a picnic pavilion and the historic tabby ruins of Fort Frederick. Further plans are to build a boardwalk and a slip for kayaking.

What was once a mysterious spot along the shore of the Beaufort River for many locals, is now open for everyone; offering a glimpse of what is said to possibly be the oldest surviving tabby ruins in all of South Carolina.

The fort's history goes back to the 1700s. The southernmost fort in British North America from 1726 to 1758, and finished in 1734, Fort Frederick was built to protect the entrance to Port Royal Sound against possible Spanish, French, and Native American attacks; however, the tiny fort served as little more than a storage house during the majority of the years it was in use.

The fort was built of tabby, which is a building material comprised of lime, sand, and oyster shells, which was the main building material used in the Lowcountry at the time. It was very small in its size for that era, only being 125 feet by 75 feet with at least two buildings inside its walls.

Used by the British for less than 30 years, it was replaced by Fort Lyttleton, about a mile up river, which was destroyed in the Revolutionary War.

The best part of it; it's been closed to visitors for decades, being behind a guarded gate as a part of the grounds of the U.S. Naval Hospital in Port Royal.

Now, everyone can see it.

Fort Frederick Photo by Robert Gecy

The new park is open daily from dawn until dusk and visitors can enjoy the forested habitat which provides an opportunity for viewing spring and fall migrating birds and enjoying the scenic views of the Beaufort River and can learn about Beaufort history by reading the interpretive panels on display near the tabby ruins.

The picnic pavilion has 9 picnic tables available on a first-come first-serve basis for family gatherings.

The park combines two of the greatest assets here in Beaufort SC...our rich history and the natural beauty of the area that the Lowcountry is so noted for.

Do yourself a favor and visit and exlore the new Fort Frederick Heritage Preserve, located at 601 Old Fort Road in Port Royal.

If you like history as much as we do and want to be surrounded by it...then get to Beaufort SC. Century 21 Carolina Realty can help make your dream a reality by helping you find your forever home here in the Lowcountry. Call us at 843-521-2121 and one of our experienced agents can assist you in becoming a Beaufort local.

We live the Lowcountry life, and we want to share it with you.

Aerial photo of Fort Frederick courtesy Robery Gecy

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