History and Movie Tour of Beaufort by Van
For those of a certain age and 'shared experience', the mention of the town of Beaufort, South Carolina automatically evokes memories of the 1957 film 'The DI', set at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot ('Boot Camp') at nearby Parris Island. But truth be told, none of this film was shot In South Carolina.
However, the City of Beaufort, with its distinctive architecture and diverse surroundings, has been used at the local for about twenty feature films since 'The Great Santini' was shot there back in 1979. And while 'Forrest Gump' and 'G I Jane' both draw heavily upon military themes, the majority of filming in and around Beaufort has involved no military connection; these include works such as 'Forces of Nature', and 'Something to Talk About'. And for those with more than a passing interest in the day-to-day workings of life in cinema, regular interaction between Hollywood and a community of only 12,000, some 2500 miles away, creates an ambience of its own.
Up to three times a day, between 11 AM and 2 PM, air-conditioned vans board at the Beaufort Downtown Marina Store, located at 1006 Bay Street, for locations the like the Rhett House Inn, built in 1846 and featured in 'The Prince of Tides' or the 1853 Edgar Fripp House ('Tidalholm'), ever since familiar to locals and cinema buffs alike as the 'Big Chill' house.
The community also offers an eclectic mix of cuisine and specialty shops not normally encountered in a venue of its size, and it's quite possible that a visitor might see a side of the world of film beyond the 'Tinseltown' stereotype.
Choose the best time to discover the historic district of Beaufort. Then, meet your professional and friendly guide at the Beaufort Downtown Marina Store, located at 1006 Bay Street. Find a seat in the comfortable and air conditioned van and head into the streets of this charming town to begin your 1-hour tour.
Listen to your guide narrate the 300 years of history, from the exploration of the Spanish, the French, and the English, to the Civil War, and to the Hollywood movies filmed in the town. As you drive down the streets, go past gorgeous antebellum homes and plantations. Then, see sites where iconic stars stayed while filming movies.
Continue your tour by seeing The Gump Medical Center, which was funded by Forrest's profit from the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Go to The National Cemetery, where The Great Santini was buried, and the bridge Forrest Gump went over on his cross-country run.
Enjoy the incredible history, Hollywood charm, and friendly atmosphere of Beaufort on this 1-hour tour by van.
Pickup & Return:
Beaufort Tours LLC
Beaufort Downtown Marina Store.
Departure Times: 9:45am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm
You can present either a paper or an electronic ticket for this activity.
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Does not include:
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A maximum of 10 people per booking