Monthly Archives: January 2018

New Year brings New Offerings, Lower prices, and Variety of Activities to Santa Elena History Center

January 26, 2018 — One of Beaufort’s newest historic destinations, the Santa Elena History Center, is offering great incentives for visitors in order to continue putting a spotlight on a “lost century” of American history – much of which happened in Beaufort County.

The main exhibit is expanded with multiple new panels and showcase elements, including replica 16th century weaponry and information about the creation of an overland passage that stemmed from Santa Elena to the Appalachian Mountains; the exhibit now also includes interpretation of significant archaeological discoveries such as the kiln and the well.

Updated admission prices to tour the History Center and the main exhibit will better accommodate families, students, and locals. Student price has decreased and children up to seven years old are free. The History Center continues to offer free admission to Active Military and First Responders. In 2018, locals who pay tour admission once may present their receipt when returning with out-of-town guests for no charge until year-end.

Additionally, the well-received program series continues with a variety of presentations developed to share the intriguing local, and often early, history from many perspectives each week for public enjoyment. The new year brings a significant reduction in the cost to attend programs at the Santa Elena History Center. Now, Annual Passholders are admitted at no cost and other attendants are requested to make a donation of their choice. Those who are interested in sharing their own presentations and programs are welcome to contact the History Center.

Other events on the docket for 2018 include the Annual Santa Elena Cup regatta with the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club (March 16-17) and the second Annual Lowcountry Fair with Historical Flair at Cotton Hall Plantation (November 3). More events and activities will be announced regularly and posted on the website calendar at

This year, plans to explore and research new aspects of this relatively untold history will add dynamic programs, announcements and features to the History Center. The story will come to life as The Santa Elena Company, a growing group of 16th century re-enactors, plan training and activities throughout the year. Those interested are welcome to join the fun!

The Santa Elena Foundation would like to express gratitude to all who made 2017 a successful year — the Volunteers, Annual Passholders, Local Businesses, Partner Organizations, and all who visited – and may 2018 be another great year to gather around a community initiative as important as preserving our earliest history, Santa Elena. All are welcome to join is this incredible project and blossoming community institution!

To learn more about the Santa Elena History Center, becoming an Annual Passholder, school field trips, the calendar of events, and more visit