Beaufort is a good place to add to your travel schedule. Thanks to Amy Hahn for this information on the area.
Things to do in Beaufort, North Carolina - Old Burying Ground
The Old Burying Ground in Beaufort, North Carolina is a favorite among Locals and Visitors. The burial ground was established in 1709 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If you are a history buff, especially maritime history, you will definitely want to stop by the Old Burying Ground and take a walk through time!
There are many stories that go along with the Old Burying Ground, but one of the most famous stories and gravesites located in the burying ground is of the "Girl in Barrel of Rum". In the 1700s and English family, including their infant daughter, came to Beaufort, North Carolina. The little girl grew up dreaming of visiting her homeland of London. When she was old enough, her mother agreed to allow her to make the voyage. Her father made a promise to his wife that he would return the girl safely home. The young girl got to visit her homeland, but passed away on the voyage back home to Beaufort. In keeping his promise, the girl's father bought a barrel of rum, placed the girl's body in it, and returned her to Beaufort for burial. Her gravesite is covered with toys and money from the daily visitors to her resting place. Her tombstone simply reads, "Girl in Barrel of Rum".
Captain Otway Burns is considered one of North Carolina's Greatest Naval heroes in the War of 1812. His tomb is surmounted by a cannon taken from his ship, Snapdragon. He died in Portsmouth while serving as a light-ship keeper. His remains were then brought to Beaufort, North Carolina for burial at the Old Burying Ground.
There are many other stories to learn about at the Old Burying Ground in Beaufort, North Carolina. There is a captain who is believed to have been killed in the Hammock House (Blackbeard's House) during the Civil War Period. He returned home to find his gal dancing in the arms of another man. They fought to the death, and the story goes on to tell that the other man was in fact, the woman's brother. It is also believed that his ghost haunts the Hammock House to this day. You will also find the "Crissie Wright" Common Grave at the Old Burying Ground. The sailors of the "Crissie Wright" froze to death after the ship wrecked in January, 1886. The Cape Lookout Lifesaving Station was established in 1887 following this tragedy. The sailors are all buried in one grave. "Cold as the night the 'Crissie Wright' went ashore" is commonly heard around Beaufort.
Tours of the Old Burying Ground are available through the Beaufort Historical Association or you may tour the site privately anytime. For more information about the Old Burying Ground in Beaufort, North Carolina visit www.beauforthistoricsite.org.