The Beaufort Historic Association is a private, non-profit, membership and volunteer-based organization founded in 1960 by a group of Carteret County citizens without the aid of grants and public funds. The organization owns and operates the Beaufort Historic Site, which depicts 18th and 19th century life in Beaufort and includes six authentically restored historic buildings open for tours year round. The site is open to the public and staffed six days a week, year round, and seven days a week June - August. The Robert W. and Elva Faison Safrit Historical Center provides information on area events and services every day.
The Beaufort Historic Site features exhibits on Beaufort’s history and houses the Old Beaufort Shop, the museum gift shop of the Beaufort Historic Site.