Blackbeard lived in Beaufort, NC for a time.
Spent a day and night in Beaufort. Really neat town filled w/ history. Saw Blackbeards house. Take the Ghost walking tour.
Beaufort, NC...... BO fort
Beaufort, SC......,.BU fort
As you say, Vinnie, Beaufort, North Carolina retains the French pronunciation. The pronunciation of Beaufort, South Carolina is not an American corruption of the French; it is an English corruption transplanted intact in America.
Edward Teach aka Blackbeard spent time on numerous islands of the Outer Banks, the Beaufort Inlet area is not really OBX. That ends with Portsmouth, or Ocracoke if you’re talking populated islands in the modern era.
Blackbeard was killed, beheaded, at what is known as Teach’s Hole at Ocracoke. Interesting ghost tale, if you row out to Teach’s Hole under a full moon and slap your oars on the water, his headless body reputedly will emerge and swim around your boat, lol.
Ghost tours on Ocracoke, too. If you enjoy that sort of thing a stroll down Howard Street in Ocracoke Village might be interesting. Lined with old family burial plots shaded under massive live oak, old family homeplaces interspersed.
Ocracoke is a wacky old place that sort of worms it’s way into your heart. If you can imagine an isolated microcosm of New Orleans, Key West and Sausalito, all rolled together and writ small without the decadence, and accessible only via public ferry, private boat or small plane, that would be Ocracoke.