Port Royal in South Carolina
Welcome to Port Royal, South Carolina
Port Royal is a town on Port Royal Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina and is home to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, and Naval Hospital Beaufort. Taking its name from the adjacent Port Royal Sound, which was explored and named by Frenchman Jean Ribault in 1562. Ribault founded the short-lived settlement of Charlesfort on Parris Island. The area later became the site of a Spanish and still later Scottish colony during the 17th century.
The Old Village is the historic center of Port Royal. Streets running north-south are named after the capitals of nations whose immigrants have settled in the Port Royal area (Paris, London, Madrid, and Edinburgh). Paris Avenue is the primary commercial street in the Old Village. It was in 1863, in Port Royal, that the Emancipation Proclamation was first read under the Proclamation tree in Port Royal.
Port Royal offers an amazing natural environment for all to enjoy. With a network of walking trails, a popular community beach, an extensive boardwalk system that takes you into the marsh area, and an observation tower, there is easy access for all to become a part of and to enjoy this environment that makes up Port Royal.
With so much to see and experience nature lovers, bird watchers and just about everyone can find something to love in Port Royal. Time spent here is time well spent for anyone that wants to recharge their “batteries” and take a break from the world.