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An oyster roast for the Historic Beaufort Foundation

The Historic Beaufort Foundation is hosting a traditional oyster roast at a historic plantation on the banks of Chowan Creek on January 18 as a fundraiser for its preservation activities.

The public is invited to the ca. 1855 Oaks Plantation on Saint Helena Island, site of the first abolitionist school.

The even will be catered by Reeves Outdoor Catering of Bluffton.

Here are more details from a release:

The annual oyster roast exemplifies the best in outdoor lowcountry experiences – great food and beverages around open fires, the music of the Bull Grapes of Frogmore all against the backdrop of the marshes and creek. The site at 66 Godley Road on St. Helena Island was the first home to Union organizers of the Port Royal Experiment which brought education and training to Beaufort County’s freed slaves which would later become the Penn School.

The house will be open for tours.

Long-time caterer Reeves will serve oysters, pulled pork, barbequed chicken, red rice, salad, dessert in two separate servings at 4:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. Two bar drinks will be included in the ticket price with additional drink tickets available at a cash bar.

Tickets are $45 per person for members, $55 per person for non-members. Space is limited and shuttles will be provided from adjacent parking. Reservations for 4:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. may be made by calling HBF at 379-3331 or by ordering online at

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