Pecan Tree Inn sits on a lot deeded to the Franklin Masonic Lodge
in 1866 by Rebecca Piggott. The laying of the cornerstone was
celebrated by members of the lodge, and of the other lodges in
town, all decked out in full regalia. The parade proceeded down
Front Street to the Queen Street site.
Being one of the larger buildings in Beaufort, the Franklin Lodge
doubled as a schoolhouse. Subsequent years saw it used for Sunday
School, a tea house, a doctor's office and an apartment house
(popular with students at the Duke Marine Labs). Long-time
Beaufort residents still stop by from time to time to share
stories of taking music lessons in what is now our Burgundy Room,
or taking afternoon tea in the dining room. Hugh Jones
converted the Lodge into his private residence in 1900, adding
five bedrooms and three beautiful Victorian porches. The Jones
house was the first in Beaufort to have gas lighting, indoor
plumbing and a telephone, according to legend. It's said that Mrs.
Jones insisted that the phone be installed on a pine tree in the
yard in case it were to attract a lightning strike. The
Jones house was converted to an inn in 1992 by Joe and Susan
for All Seasons
alive year-round. The white sandy beaches of Cape Lookout,
Shackleford Banks and Atlantic Beach are nearby. Historic Beaufort
has well over 100 beautifully restored 18th and 19th century
homes, the Old Burying Grounds, the North Carolina Maritime Museum
and a growing collection of fine restaurants and shops. Our
protected, deep-water harbor is a favorite port of call for yachts
from around the world. You might say that Beaufort is
Nantucket with a southern drawl.
Beaufort is also a budding center of "ecotourism," with
nature excursions by kayak, sail or power boat. The area offers
some of the best bird watching in the state. Salt water fly
fishers flock to town for the fall run of false albacore around
Cape Lookout. There is no lovelier spot for taking a walk or
a bike ride or just relaxing on one of our three porches or on the
serene brick terrace by the fountain. Cap your day with a private
tour of Old Beaufort by evening in Tony Russell's horse-drawn
are always welcome!
of the nation's most celebrated bed and breakfasts."