Building Tours in Beaufort NC

All prized for their period collections and furnishings, the homes of history run the gamut from the rustic Leffers Cottage c.1778 and the elaborately furnished Victorian Josiah Bell House c.1825, to the award-winning restoration of the Federal-style John C. Manson House c.1825.

The historic buildings include the Carteret County Jail c.1829, the Apothecary Shop and Doctor’s Office c.1857 containing priceless pharmaceutical and medicinal artifacts used in early Beaufort, and the Carteret County Courthouse of 1796, which is the only remaining wood-framed English Circuit courthouse left intact in North Carolina.

Each building depicts a different period or aspect of life in historic Beaufort. The Historic Buildings Tour includes three of the buildings given by experienced docents in period dress.

Advance Reservations Only

Guided Tours available year-round.

  • Call the Beaufort Historic Site directly to book at (252) 728-5225. Be sure to tell them you are staying at the Beaufort Hotel.
  • Visit the Beaufort Historic Site website for information, schedules and pricing.
  • Tours also available upon request with 1 hour notice.
  • Please bring a mask for your tour.
  • The Carteret County Jail c.1829 is currently not available for tours as it is undergoing restoration.


Images provided by Hungry Town Tours.


Drive Time
6 min.
Distance from Hotel
2.4 miles
The Apothecary Shop

Locals Recommend

“Took this tour which included three houses and also the old courthouse, jail, apothecary, and gardens. The guide we had was wonderful! She knew so much about the history of all the buildings and the life styles of the people who lived there. ”

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Attraction Details

Good to Know

  • Family-Friendly
  • Groups Welcome

Experience Beaufort North Carolina’s Attractions

Discover 300 years of Beaufort’s history and step back in time and experience some amazing local attractions during your stay.