BeaufortHistoryMuseumDo you love history? Come learn about and share the incredible 500-year history of this area at the Beaufort History Museum (BHM). We are recruiting the Summer 2016 class of volunteer docents to lead tours and serve as community liaisons. The museum displays artifacts, photos and special exhibits to help our volunteers bring Beaufort’s history to life for visitors.

Learn how Beaufort shaped America—from its settlement by Europeans to its involvement in the Revolutionary War, to it’s dramatic roles during the Civil War and Reconstruction Era, and its current-day prominence as the site of military training and defense.


            The museum’s training curriculum will cover all aspects of history relating to the Beaufort District and educators will provide knowledge of the museum’s collections, history and mission. Once docents have completed the training process they will be asked to serve up to four shifts per month and will commit to a one-year period of service to the museum. Space is limited and those interested in attending the five-week session are encouraged to register early.

            An information session is planned for Wednesday, June 29 at 9:00 AM and will follow immediately by the first scheduled class.  All sessions will be held at the Beaufort History Museum, which is located on the second floor of the Arsenal at 713 Craven Street in Beaufort’s historic district.  

The Summer Docent Class Schedule:

Wed. – June 29            9:00 -10:00 AM – informational/orientation class immediately followed by class #1 from 10:00 AM – Noon 

Wed.  – July 13           9:30 -11:30 AM  – Class #2

Wed.  – July 20           9:30 -11:30 AM  – Class #3

Wed.  – July 27            9:30 – Noon       Class #4

Wed.  – August 3         9:30 -11:30 AM  – Class #5

 No class will be held the week of July 4. A makeup class will be offered if necessary.


            For more information on the docent program, or other volunteer opportunities with the museum, contact Lorrie Burleyknoles, Volunteer Committee Co-Chairperson and Docent Educator, at or call 559-362-3237.

            Beaufort History Museum 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 Arsenal address is 713 Craven Street. BHM’s hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Saturday. Docents are on duty to provide information and conduct tours. A donation of $5.00 per visitor ($4.00 for Seniors) is required.  Children and active military are admitted free of charge.  Please visit the website or BHM’s Facebook page for updates and news from the Museum.