TBA 2017 In August of each year, Beaufort commemorates its rich pirate history with the Beaufort Pirate Invasion. Demonstrations of black powder weapons, swords and cutlasses are part of the pirate encampment. Dressed in historical costumes from the 17th and early 18th centuries, pirates engage the audience with storytelling, sea chanteys and swordplay. All of the weekend events are free and centered around the Beaufort Historic Site, with plenty of food and grog (beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages) for sale. Attendees are encouraged to pre-purchase food tickets at the Beaufort Historic Site or at Beaufort Trading Company on Front Street.
History buffs will be interested to know that in June 1747, a group of Spanish privateers — legalized pirates — entered Beaufort harbor and made off with several small ships. Over a period of several months, these pirates returned and skirmished with the local militia and private citizens, in hopes of taking the town of Beaufort. Ultimately, the stateside militia, with the help of farmers and other locals, prevailed and Beaufort was rescued from pirate occupancy.
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