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Learn about the Hurricanes of Beaufort’s Past

The Library’s special local history collection and archives unit revisits local hurricanes in January 2017.

Hurricanes of Beaufort’s Past

Hurricanes of Beaufort's Past

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Location of Event: BDC@ Beaufort Branch, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29902

Price of Event: Free but registration is required; Ages 12 – Adults. Register through the Beaufort History Museum website “Events” page.

Contact info: Grace Cordial, 843-255-6468,


The Historical Hurricane Tracks website indicates that almost 100 hurricanes and tropical storms have struck within 65 nautical miles of Beaufort SC since 1852, some causing great impact on the subsequent course of Beaufort District's history from colonial times to the present. Attendees will get to see some photographs, scrapbooks, and pamphlets from our storage area that seldom are put on display, covering the Great Sea Island Hurricane of 1893, the unnamed 1940 hurricane and Hurricane Gracie (1959). Learn a bit about the "Spanish Repulse Hurricane," the Great Sea Island Storm, and 20th century hurricanes and tropical storms that caused death and destruction here in Beaufort County. See and hear about what really happened when hurricanes struck Beaufort County from 1680 to Hurricane Floyd from our special collections manager, Grace Cordial.

Tide of Death: The Great Sea Island Hurricane of 1893

Tide of Death

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Location of Event: BDC@ Bluffton Branch, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton, SC 29910

Price of Event: Free; Ages 12 – Adults.

Contact info: Grace Cordial, 843-255-6468,


On a single terrifying night in August 1893 a devastating hurricane ripped through the islands and lowlands of South Carolina and Georgia drowning thousands and leaving tens of thousands more destitute. Grace Cordial, manager of the Beaufort District Collection will share photographs, diary accounts and other materials relating to the “Great Sea Island Hurricane from the Library’s special collections and archives unit.

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