October 2011 - Beaufort NC
The Old Burying Ground, one of Beaufort's most interesting historic sites, is located along the quaint 400 block of Ann Street, just one block from the waterfront. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the oldest cemeteries in North Carolina, the Old Burying Ground is the final resting place for soldiers who died during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Other gravesites reflect Beaufort's storied past of broken hearts, lost children and early coastal life.
Methodist Church Adjacent to the Old Burying Ground
Visitors frequently leave small gifts and trinkets at the unusual gravesite of the little girl buried in a barrel of rum. According to the legend, a young girl traveled to England with her father who promised the child's mother to return her safely home. Sadly, on the return journey, the young girl died at sea. Desperately wanting to keep his promise to return home with his daughter, the girl's father purchased a barrel of rum from the ship's captain. He placed his daughter's lifeless body in the barrel of rum and returned her to Beaufort for burial at home.