Downtown Beaufort SC and the surrounding area comprise the historic district of Beaufort. The "Old Point" is on the peninsula of downtown Beaufort and is East of Carteret Street. The main street in downtown is Bay Street and the historic district extends along Bay Street over to Ribaut Road. There is a mix of large antebellum homes to small cottages throughout the district. Some dating back to the 1700's and some recently built in keeping with the historic architecture and style.