Group Tour Programs

There are a variety of exciting group programs available to enhance your visit to Beaufort and the History Center. These programs are designed to bring history to life in a way that is entertaining and engaging for all ages.

  • A minimum of 10 people are needed for a group program.
  • Groups of 35 or more can be divided among multiple programs.
  • The scheduling of group programs is very flexible.
  • Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
  • Parking is available next to the History Center free of charge.
  • Areas for refreshments and meetings can also be provided.
  • You may bring in your own refreshments for afterhours events. Full catering and bar setup is welcome. You may request a Spanish cuisine caterer or a Spanish wine provider.
  • Our unique gift shop el Almacen is a great place for local goods and souvenirs.

Groups that would like to schedule one or more of our programs should contact the Program Coordinator at programs@santa-elena.org or 843-379-1550.

                                                                                                                                                           

Tour of the main exhibit “Santa Elena: America’s Untold Story”

exhibitAfter viewing the introductory video, participants will be able to tour the main exhibit “Santa Elena: America’s Untold Story” where they will learn why Spain, France and England were interested in settling the “New World” in the 16th century and why Santa Elena became the Spanish capital of la Florida.

No maximum;  length approximately 1 hour

Call for Group Pricing (843) 379-1550

                                                                                                                                                           

 Meet Marina de Lara—a Settler from Santa Elena

DSC03287In May of 1569, 193 settlers—men, women, children—arrived at Santa Elena.  Marina de Lara, her husband, their six children and her mother were among these settlers.  Seven years later the settlement they helped start was abandoned.  Come and meet Marina de Lara and she will tell you the story of the seven years she spent at Santa Elena—the successes and then the failures that led to its temporary abandonment.

Call for Group Pricing (843) 379-1550

Maximum 35 people

Program length 1 hour

 

                                                                                                                                                           

Living History with Eliza Lucas Pinckney

Web EPYou are invited to meet Eliza Lucas Pinckney and discover how she developed indigo on her father’s plantation and created a profitable industry for South Carolina planters.  Eliza has agreed to tell you about her many schemes, whims, and projects.

Call for Group Pricing (843) 379-1550

Maximum 35 people

Program length 1 hour

 

                                                                                                                                                           

Living History with Captain William Hilton

277_IMG_2366_1_-001In this program participants will hear from Captain William Hilton about his life and harrowing adventures on the Carolina coast. They will learn that in 1663, almost 100 years after the Spanish had started their settlement at Santa Elena on Parris Island, an Englishman—Captain William Hilton, who had been commissioned by settlers in Barbados to explore the Carolina coast for a suitable site for a colony—entered Port Royal Sound.  As he did so he noticed a high bluff or headland on an island that could serve as a navigational marker and called it Hilton’s Head. Participants will be able to interact with Captain Hilton and ask him questions.

Call for Group Pricing (843) 379-1550

Maximum 35 people

Program length 1 hour

 

                                                                                                                                                           

Medicine in Colonial Times

apothecary-remedies.ashxWhat was health care like for people in colonial South Carolina?  Students will learn how people in the past dealt with sickness and disease through a power point presentation and by examining reproduction artifacts.  They will then analyze the treatment given to George Washington during his final illness.

Call for Group Pricing (843) 379-1550

Maximum 35 people

Program length 1 hour

                                                                                                                                                           

Life in Colonial Times

family2Life was different for people in colonial South Carolina than it is today, but in some ways it was very much the same.  Participants will compare and contrast life then and now by looking at pictures and examining reproduction artifacts and will have a chance to play 18th century games.

Call for Group Pricing (843) 379-1550

Maximum 35 people

Program length 1 hour

                                                                                                                                                           

Colonial Amusements

pop_04Did you ever wonder how people amused themselves before there was TV, computers and tablets?  Travel back with us to a period 300 years ago when South Carolina was a British colony and experience some of the games and entertainments available to our colonial ancestors.  You might find them a lot of fun!

Call for Group Pricing (843) 379-1550

Maximum 35 people

Program length 1 hour

                                                                                                                                                           

Camp Dig It! Archaeology Program

Camp Dig itCamp Dig-It! offers an introduction into the field of archaeology by a professional archaeologist. In this program participants will excavate a simulated site in dig boxes and use same methods archaeologists do to uncover and record their finds. Recommended age 6-adult.

Call for Group Pricing (843) 379-1550

Maximum 30 people

Program length 1 hour

                                                                                                                                                           

The European Struggle to Settle North America

Pickett BookThroughout the 16th and 17th centuries, England, France, and Spain struggled to establish permanent settlements in North America. Most of their attempts failed, but each country finally achieved success. The area that would become South Carolina played an important role in this struggle. The authors of The European Struggle to Settle North America: Colonizing Attempts by England, France and Spain, 1521-1608 will delve into settlement efforts in the Southeastern United States and in particular the Port Royal Sound region.

Signed books available for purchase in the gift shop.

Call for Group Pricing (843) 379-1550

Maximum 35 people

Program length 1 hour

 

                                                                                                                                                           

Fort Fremont: Homeland Security at the Dawn of the 20th Century

Fort FremontFort Fremont was a Spanish-American War era fortification on the shores of historic Port Royal Sound in Beaufort, SC. Fort Fremont closed the book on a 350-year history of coastal fortifications in Beaufort, SC, beginning with the establishment of French and Spanish forts on Parris Island in the 16th Century. This lecture will highlight the strategic significance of Port Royal Sound and discuss the history of Fort Fremont in the context United States security concerns at the dawn of the 20th Century.

Call for Group Pricing (843) 379-1550

Maximum 35 people

Program length 1 hour