The BHA 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 (link to tours page) 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.
To research, preserve and interpret the cultural, architectural, and historical heritage of Beaufort and Carteret County and to interest and educate current and future generations of this coastal heritage.