Mary Warshaw's Beaufort Books, Prints & Note Cards

This new volume is my way of preserving many years of dedicated research, in order to give the reader an authentic overview of Beaufort's fascinating history. Along with significant events, residents, and actual documents, included in this volume are rare images, maps, articles, memories, letters, and excerpts from other historians—all to offer unique insight into Beaufort's past.  . . . (See sidebar for vendors.) PREFACE

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___________________________________ 200-page volume focuses on 285 historic homes built from the late 1770s to the early 1900s - 150 plaqued homes and 135 historic homes yet to be plaqued—all presented street-by-street, with images and histories of the families who called them home. Also included are historic sites and buildings. 

Special pages present an overview of Beaufort's history, as well as more research on the Coree Indians, Taylor's Creek, Piver's Island, Gallant's Channel, the Rachel Carson Reserve, and the Beaufort's bridges.

Through the study of deeds, family records and other sources, I was able to discover more accurate dates for many of the historic homes, including the Hammock House; four pages are dedicated to this discovery, concluding that the Hammock House was built in 1800 by Samuel Leffers. -

The leather look and feel of the cover, with its inlay of Front Street houses, is a fitting prelude to Mary Warshaw's 11x 8 1/2 200-page art book of Beaufort history.   

Painted, researched and compiled since 2001, the foundation of author-artist Mary Warshaw's book is built around the houses that create Beaufort's street vistas and the people who built and lived in these "Architecture Treasures."

Besides 50 featured paintings and family histories, woven into this book are many other histories, from those who first touched the sand banks to the history of the Beaufort plaque - all with full-color Giclée-quality images.

The introduction by architectural historian Tony P. Wrenn is a wonderful "love song" to Beaufort. Ed Turberg's "found" sketches enhance the special architectural section. "Artist's Notes" are included with each house history.

Gicleé Prints & Note Cards 
are available exclusively at Beaufort Mercantile Co.
410 Front Street - 252-728-6805 

Mini Prints
Sample Display of many Mini Prints available
(Unframed) 8x10 mat will fit standard frame

Note Cards
Each card includes history on back

Looking Back and a Special Tribute

Finding my "niche" began on this Orange Street porch. 
      Having dreamed of living on the coast and developing my painting skills, in 1998 I found a rental on Sunshine Court. As I acclimated and sought to find my way, I recalled a Beaufort  neighbor once saying, "Don't worry, you'll find your niche."
     Three years later, I fortuitously found a small cottage
in the historic district, and was soon inspired to paint neighboring homes.
Yearning to know more, I searched family records and house histories; this helped me better capture the character and spirit of each dwelling.  

     While exploring other materials and sources, I found much I had not seen in the then few local publications. With no internet archive of the town, in 2006 I began the first two of many sites to follow - Beaufort North Carolina's Best and Beaufort North Carolina History, to share and help promote the town and its unique history.
     Diagnosed with MS in 2008,
in 2010 I moved to Radio Island where I share photos of my view, while continuing my research and writing about Beaufort. 
     I truly believe I was sent to Beaufort for a reason and am very grateful for the special "thank you" below. 
- Mary Warshaw 

A Special Tribute
 by Beaufort resident Liz Burke   
Beaufort-by-the-Sea magazine - October 2016
       I first became aware of Mary Warshaw several years ago. I had just retired to Beaufort and my uncle, Borden Mace, immediately came to visit me. The house I had rented on Ann Street sat directly across from the Mace house where "Uncle Bookie" and my mother had grown up. At age 93, Uncle Bookie knew he did not have much longer to live and he wanted to "breathe in" his beloved Beaufort one last time. But instead of dying that year, my uncle became completely energized by Beaufort as he began retracing his roots. This is where Mary Warshaw entered into our lives.
       Uncle Bookie and I discovered that Mary had painstakingly researched so much of the history of Beaufort. She had woven together a staggering compilation of history that covered three centuries! 

Catalog of Paintings Over the Years...

Many Gicleé Prints and Note Cards are available 
at Serendipity Gallery in Beaufort.