Combining its reputation for the most elegant oyster roast in the Lowcountry in a historic setting, Historic Beaufort Foundation will hold its 12th annual roast on the grounds of the iconic Beaufort mansion, Marshlands, on January 13. Scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., the event at 501 Pinckney Street is open to HBF members and the general public.
Marshlands’ historic site on Beaufort’s waterfront provides a 180-degree view of the river to enjoy while eating oysters, gumbo, hamburgers and hotdogs catered by Plums, an open bar by Reeves Outdoor Catering and blues music by Kirk Dempsey and the Sidestreet Walkers. Craft beers will be provided by Bear Island Distributors.
The annual oyster roast serves to foster fellowship in the preservation community while gaining new members and funds for the Foundation’s preservation and Verdier House activities. In addition to preserving and protecting historic and cultural sites and advocating for the National Historic Landmark District, HBF operates the ca. 1804 Verdier House, the only historic house museum in Beaufort.
Marshlands, ca. 1814, is listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places and was built by Dr. James Robert Verdier, a pioneer in the successful treatment of yellow fever. The home as it stands today reflects three phases of construction but it remains a classic example of what came to be called the “Beaufort style,” i.e. a raised foundation, wrap-around double porches and projecting rear wings. It has been in the W.B. Harvey family since the early 20th century.
Ticket prices have been reduced this year to $45 per person and to $35 for those 35-years-old and younger. Tickets will not be sold at the door and must be purchased by January 6. Tickets may be ordered and charged to a credit card by calling the HBF office at 379-3331. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 11, Beaufort, SC 29901. The office is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed for the holidays December 23 through January 2.