Port Royal, South Carolina
Both Parris Island and the Naval Hospital’s closest neighboring community is the town of Port Royal. Located just outside the main gate of each installation and on both sides of Battery Creek, Port Royal is the home of many federal employees, both military and civilian. While much emphasis often is placed these days on being new and improved, Port Royal has positioned itself as a traditional neighborhood community that believes in doing things “the old-fashioned way.”
Charm and a sense of history combine to make this a town whose roots are firmly planted in the settlements of the early 1500s when Spanish explorer Pedro de Quexos first set foot on Port Royal. The first English settlers arrived in 1670, and permanent settlers made Port Royal home in 1711. Early in the 1900s, Port Royal was the stopping point for Marine recruits bound for Parris Island. At the port of Port Royal, recruits departed trains, boarded vessels and were ferried across the Beaufort River to Parris Island where their training commenced.
Today, Port Royal is preserving its Southern past while moving forward into the 21st century. The town core is being revitalized, promoting walking neighborhoods where families interact with one another in a friendly, casual lifestyle. Many new homes in the core district of town have been built close to each other, incorporating back alleyways to encourage a sense of neighborliness. One company even includes a porch swing with each house it sells. Various home developments have been strategically placed in and around pleasant vistas and curious attractions.
Town planners have in recent years incorporated wide sidewalks to encourage early evening walks and foster a diminishing dependence on automobiles. Walking trails and parks throughout provide for leisurely recreation. For in-line skaters, Live Oak Park on Paris Avenue offers a roller hockey rink. Located near downtown Port Royal is “The Sands,” the site of the annual July 4th celebration and fireworks display. A favorite spot for many residents, The Sands provides a scenic view of the Beaufort River in a beach-type setting. The commercial district has been encouraged to develop near residential areas to allow quick and easy access to restaurants, shops and other amenities without getting into a car and driving. Meeting your spiritual needs, Port Royal is the home of many churches of various faiths. An emphasis on the arts and cultural activities may be found at “The Shed,” which comes alive almost daily with high-energy performances and stellar family-style entertainment. It is a not-for-profit art center, operated by Artistic Pursuits, Inc., that features theater, dance, music and art shows. A cyberspace tour of Port Royal is available by visiting www.portroyal.org, or for more information, call 843-986-2211. In-town residents are required to recycle, and recycling bins are available at Port Royal Town Hall for $10.
Whether you are looking to purchase or rent, Port Royal offers numerous housing options. There are single and duplex homes for sale or rent, nine apartment and condominium complexes, or several mobile home villages to choose from. Port Royal is only a few minutes’ drive to Parris Island or the Naval Hospital and an approximately 15- to 20-minute drive to MCAS Beaufort.
Local telephone service is provided by CenturyLink. For more information, call 843-522-9404.
Electric and Gas
Services may be purchased from:
South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. (SCE&G) 843-525-7700
108 Robert Smalls Parkway
Beaufort, SC 29906
The standard deposit to start new service is $150. SCE&G requires 24-hour advance notice to start or stop service and does not provide this service on Saturday, Sunday or holidays.
Water and Sewer
The Town of Port Royal provides this service to in-town residents and some out-of-town residents. Fees to start water service range from $30 to $55. Water and sewer service fees range from $40 to $65 per month. For more information, contact:
Port Royal Water Department 843-986-2211
700 Paris Ave.
Port Royal, SC 29935
Xfinity (Comcast) 843-522-1341
46 Sam’s Point Road #D
Beaufort, SC 29907
Hargray Cable 843-379-9000
130 Robert Smalls Parkway
Beaufort, SC 29006
Several elementary, middle and high schools serve the Town of Port Royal, though Port Royal Elementary is the only school within town limits. Serving pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, Port Royal Elementary is on a year-round calendar with multi-age classrooms. The parent Beaufort County School District can be reached at 843-322-2300 or www.beaufort.k12.sc.us/pages/BCSD for more on middle and high schools. For additional information about Port Royal Elementary, go to:
Port Royal Elementary
1214 Paris Ave.
Port Royal, SC 29935
Private and parochial schools are also available. Contact the principal of each for specific information.
Registration for all returning students at Port Royal Elementary School begins in mid-July. Registration for all new students will be held during the first week of August. Parents must have their children’s birth certificates, South Carolina immunization records and Social Security cards to register as new students. The South Carolina immunization record can be obtained from Naval Hospital Beaufort, and kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1.