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Beaufort, South Carolina:: A History (Definitive History) Paperback – January 6, 2005

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About the Author

Raised in Beaufort, South Carolina, Alexia Jones Helsley was a member of the Beaufort High School class of 1963. She is an adjunct history professor at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. Her 37-year career as an archivist with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History included publications on national and state historical topics. Her books include South Carolinians in the War for American Independence, Unsung Heroines of the Carolina Frontier, and The Many Faces of Slavery (co-author). Alexia recently taped Branches, an eight-part program on how historians and genealogists can use state records, for SC-ETV.
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Product Details

  • Series: Definitive History
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (January 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596290277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596290273
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,697,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W. W. Johnson on August 31, 2005
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I am a Beaufortonian now living in Texas. It's hard to go beyond the words of Larry Roland in the forward but this book is a must read for those of us who remain under the spell of Beaufort's charm, mystery, and history. Mrs. Helsley's attention to detail is most remarkable making this book a classic addition to both the growing scholarly and popular literature. Especially noteworthy is the manner in which she weaves the role of religion and the evolution of churches into her manuscript. Major kudos for a job well done and what will surely become THE definitive history of Beaufort.
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I'm not blessed like the few who are natives of Beaufort, or lived there for most of their lives, but Helsley's book sure helps one appreciate why native Beaufortonians would have a certain pride about their county and town.

I've been to Beaufort (and plan to go back many times) and it is a silent oasis in the Low Country. Perhaps one of the best-kept secrets on the East Coast. The little town has a charm all its own. What a wonderful place.

I read Helsley's book mainly for the history up to 1899. I was not disappointed. There are a lot of details that have whetted my appetite to keep digging.

I appreciate the quality of paper the book is printed on. The only real criticism I have is that the book could use some maps. Besides that, sit back and enjoy the wonderful stories going back to the 16th century and have fun looking through some very rare and interesting photographs liberally sprinkled throughout the text.

For some decent maps the reader will have to pick up a copy of Beaufort, South Carolina: Pages from the Past (American Chronicles).
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Everything in this book up to the 1950's is fine. It's not anything new or recently uncovered and can be found in other sources, but on the whole it's okay.

However, step into the 50's and 60's and all you get is a personal perspective from the author on her own family's history in the town. Every picture, every anecdote involves the author's father, brother, or self. And her sense of self-importance is a little inflated, in my opinion. The books suffers for it.

I'm a Beaufort native and can tell you there are no longer any Jones family members even in the area - their time here was relatively short and not completely as impacting as she would lead you to believe given the numerous paragraphs relating to her father and his career.

She simply should have stopped the "history" portion of the book at 1960. The rest could have been turned into another book clearly identified as a memoir rather than a true historical account.

It's just a matter of presenting unbiased fact, which the author clearly has a problem with.
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Well written history of my adopted home town. Very informative and historically accurate.
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