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Our good fortune was definitely NOT Beaufort's, or that of the city's owners during the Great War Between The States. Seems that the Yankees used their superior naval power to occupy this port city early on during the tempest. The fleeing occupants left their homes for the solders to seize. Consequently all of these buildings were preserved from the burnings which General Sherman routinely ordered throughout this region thus allowing us to get a real sense of the pre-bellum splendor of a planters' town.
Here the photographic details are really not f stops or shutter speeds. Rather you should know: Temperature 97 degrees, Humidity 87% and virtually no breeze at around noon. Recall when these structures were occupied by their sizable families in the early 19th century - air conditioning meant closing the shutters and pulling the drapes against the searing summer sun.