History of park focus of discussion

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Beaufort area residents and visitors enjoy the beautiful setting and myriad recreational opportunities at Henry C. Chambers Riverfront Park. But it was not always so.  

What is now a 7-acre waterfront promenade with a playground, pavilion, marina, paths for strolling and plenty of benches for simply relaxing and taking in the stunning views, was at one time a decaying and shabby wharf that mirrored a failed mid-20th century economy. 

A look at the park and its history will be the focus of “Politics, Pilings and Playgrounds: Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park: A Panel Discussion” will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. 

Panelists Henry C. Chambers, Ed Duryea, Harry Chakides, and Duncan Fordham will discuss the trials and tribulations of creating Beaufort’s signature waterfront community space with moderator Edie Rodgers. This event will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort Fellowship Hall at the corner of North and Church streets. 

The event is free, but a donation of $5 to the Beaufort History Museum is requested. This event is for ages 12 and up.

Space is limited, so registration is required. Visit beauforthistorymuseum.wildapricot.org.

The Beaufort History Museum, located in the historic Arsenal on Craven Street, has evolved to focus specifically on the history of the Beaufort District. It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the city of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories of this area from the early 16th century until modern times. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.