Taxes, Taxes, Taxes

Taxes are always on our minds: We're bemoaning them, paying them, collecting them, preparing how to get out of paying them, listening to politicians talk about minimizing or raising them, arguing about how to spend them, etc. It's enough to make one's head spin! Taxes, of course, are one of the two certain things in this life according to Benjamin Franklin: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." (From a letter he wrote to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789, which was re-printed in The Works of Benjamin Franklin, 1817). Visit the Beaufort District Collection Connections blog at to see a County and State Tax Notice from 1886. Beaufort County Treasurer, R.B. Fuller, notifies the public that payment will be accepted beginning October 15, 1886 and the schedule of where he'll be around the county to facilitate payment during the month of October. From November 1 through December 15th, the only place to pay would be in Beaufort at the Courthouse. The notice appeared in the Palmetto Post newspaper which we have on microfilm at some locations. There will be no extensions of the time to pay. For those of you needing help with filling out your 2013 tax returns, be aware that time is definitely running out. View the information at to learn about your options within the Library system.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.