“One of the friendliest tour guides I have ever encountered! Janet looks like she is having the time of her life when you're taking her tour, so you can't help but get caught up in her enthusiasm for Beaufort, and her route is fantastic! After this one tour you'll have felt like you got to see the real Beaufort.”
Kevin McQuade, Chief Concierge
Courtyard By Marriott, Charleston Historic District

“I can't imagine seeing Beaufort without taking this tour - this was the icing on the cake for our entire week in Savannah.”
Antonina Olszewski, Moon, WI

janet's walking history tour

You are about to take a fascinating walk back in time!

Soon after Columbus discovers the New World, a Spanish sea captain sails into what, one day, will be Port Royal Sound and claims “Santa Elena” for Spain.

secession house

“Janet Matlock is knowledgeable,
enthusiastic and great fun.
Despite having lived here for years, we learned a ton.
The two hours flew by too quickly.
This will be a 'must do' whenever we have company not fortunate to live here.”

Tom & Bonnie Downs, Beaufort, SC

“The most comprehensive, entertaining, educational and interesting walking tour we have ever taken!”
Kim Reinhard, Lansdale, PA

Then the great pageant of America is played out here in Beaufort, as the Spanish, French, English and Indians battle relentlessly for her.

...had an absolutely wonderful walk!
I learned a lot about this lovely town
and Janet pointed out several of the local architecture
and buildings and spoke about its rich history.
Do not miss this tour!”

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cuthbert house

You will hear of Indian wars, massacres, pirates, slaves, planters wealthy beyond belief, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, a great fire, a catastrophic hurricane, and the wonderful stories of the incredibly brave and tenacious people of Beaufort who lived through these times.

rhett house inn

“We host groups from Backroads, one of the world's largest tour companies, 6-8 times a year. One of the highlights of their trip is always their walking tour with Janet. They return raving about her knowledge, passion, and love for Beaufort. This is the tour to take to really experience our lovely little town.”
Stephen Harrison, Owner,
The Rhett House Inn

You will be swept up in the 500 year story of Beaufort "The Jewel of the South" as told by Janet Matlock, whose passion for history is equaled only by her delight in telling it to visitors to our beautiful town.

Janet and Jon Sharp Janet moved to the Lowcountry in 2006. As she learned to love the weather and the culture, she studied the history and architecture of the area, and her friendly nature led her to become a docent giving visitor tours at the oldest church in Beaufort. One fine day, while both she and Jon Sharp, the originator of this tour, were showing the church graveyard to their groups, she overheard his stories and realized what a treasure HE was. She listened to his tour through the churchyard as often as she could, and her own narrative improved. When Jon announced that he was retiring in the summer of 2014, Janet knew it would be a loss to the community, but gave little thought...until she woke the next day knowing it might be the opportunity of her life...and the rest is history.

new tour guide, Wynn

Wynn joined Janet's company as a walking tour guide last spring. You will find him dedicated to the same compassionate and informative historical entertainment that this tour has always embodied.

“Wynn gave us a fantastic tour!
He is a wealth of knowledge and told us
interesting stories about Beaufort’s past.”
Pat and Karen, Suffield, CT.

“The walking tour was amazing and informative. Janet was patient with my son.
This tour is the best way to really see Beaufort!”

Amber D., Raleigh, NC tripadvisor.com

Janet's two hour Walking Tour through the National Historic District of Beaufort is a leisurely two mile stroll amidst some of the finest antebellum homes in America.
The spellbinding and deeply emotional narrative begins and ends in front of the Downtown Marina Ship's Store, 1006 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC 29902.

Tours are Year Round
12:30 Mondays & 11 AM Tuesday thru Saturday
(10 AM June to September)
Group tours and times are available.

Tickets are $25 per person.

This is THE TOUR!

Call 843-226-4412 or us to reserve your space for what is certain to be the highlight of your visit to Beaufort.

janets tour

“I loved this tour. If you have one day or one thing to do in
Beaufort, this should be it! Janet is charming and very knowledgeable about Beaufort.”


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“We learned more about the history, architecture and horticulture of the area in one morning than we did on any other tour we have ever taken. If you truly want to experience Beaufort, do not miss this tour.”
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“We absolutely agree. What an incredible tour!
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“Without a doubt, one of the best tours we've ever taken.”
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