Peachtree Bluff tour

Kristy Woodson Harvey will host a tour of Beaufort, the inspiration for the fictional town of Peachtree Bluff in which she set her bestselling novel The Southern Side of Paradise. The tours will be given at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Tickets cost $13 per person. (File photo)

Fans of the Peachtree Bluff series, written by internationally best-selling author Kristy Woodson Harvey, will see the town come to life Saturday, June 1, when Ms. Harvey hosts the Town Takeover event.

Peachtree Bluff is inspired by Beaufort, and during the Town Takeover, readers of the series will see the places that inspired the fictional town.

A series of events, including bus tours narrated by Ms. Harvey, historic site tours, a literary luncheon at Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub, a cocktail party at the home of Jerri Sutton and an elegant dinner on the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site, will be held to celebrate the release of Ms. Harvey’s newest novel, The Southern Side of Paradise.

The book marks the end of Ms. Harvey’s Peachtree Bluff series.

As a resident of Beaufort, Ms. Harvey endured Hurricane Florence, and she explained, “…it happened while I was writing The Southern Side of Paradise, and we have been out of our house ever since because of storm damage, so I wrote that book all over the place, in all sorts of crazy spots during the two weeks of evacuation and the random places we have been living since. I can always remember where I was when I was writing certain things, so this book has definitely given me a lot of those places to remember.”

As with others in the community, the effects of the storm are still reverberating in Ms. Harvey’s family. In a recent release, she said she felt compelled to help shine a light on the resilience and rebuilding of Beaufort.

“This summer will mark a rising from the ashes of sorts for not only my own historic home, but for so many of the businesses, restaurants and houses that make this town unique,” she said. “But in Beaufort, as in Peachtree Bluff, while the places and things are wonderful, it is the people that lend us that certain undefinable something that is hard to describe but impossible not to feel. And, while being brought to your lowest point is always hard, it is also true that, quite often, ruin is the road to transformation. And so it is with Beaufort.”

An ardent supporter of the Beaufort Historical Association, Ms. Harvey serves on the board of directors for the BHA, and proceeds from ticket sales for these events will go to benefit its many preservation projects and educational programs.

“Preservation is at the heart of everything this organization does, and that is a cause extremely dear to me,” Ms. Harvey said.

The BHA appreciates Ms. Harvey’s support.

“Kristy Harvey is not only a talented writer, but she is an amazing person and we really appreciate her support,” said Patricia Suggs, executive director of the Beaufort Historic Site. “We are excited about this Town Takeover for Kristy and all she means to Beaufort. The trilogy she has just completed is all about family, special relationships, and the love of home. It’s all things we can relate to.”

The Town Takeover will serve as a celebration of not only a novel, but also the strength of a community.

Ticket prices vary for different events.

For more information on the Town Takeover schedule, to buy tickets or for upcoming events, go online to beauforthistoricsite.org, call 252-728-5225 or visit the Welcome Center at 150 Turner St. in Beaufort.

Town Takeover schedule

11 a.m.: Beaufort Historic Site tour, $12 per person

Noon: Combination double-decker bus tour/Peachtree Bluff tour with Kristy Woodson Harvey, $12 per person

1 p.m.: Lunch and book talk at Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub, $35 per person

3 p.m.: Beaufort Historic Site tour, $12 per person

4 p.m.: Combination double-decker bus tour/Peachtree Bluff tour with Ms. Woodson Harvey, $12 per person

6 p.m.: VIP cocktail party at the home of Jerri Sutton, $100 per person

7:30 p.m.: Dinner Under the Stars at the Beaufort Historic Site with Scarborough Fare Catering and Blue Moon Jazz, $125 per person

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