Andy’s love for building fine things, custom homes, fine architectural woodwork and furniture has been a focus of his family for 5 generations. His great-great grandfather built the Hamlet Train Station, now on the national register of historical buildings and. was known for making Victorian millwork for fine homes around Anson County, North Carolina. Andy has a table in his office built of Victorian ginger bread his great grandfather made.
Andy’s grandfather was also a builder, and a lumber and millwork supplier. As a result of the great depression, Andy’s grandfather moved his family from Anson County to Durham, North Carolina seeking work. While George Birmingham Sr. was building in Durham and across eastern N.C., his sons went off to fight with the US Navy Seabees in WWII.
Upon their return, George Sr. and George Jr. went into business together. When George Sr. retired to focus on his second love of hunting and fishing, George Jr. worked in the triangle building many fine homes for some of the most notable residents of Durham & Chapel Hill. George Birmingham Jr. retired in 1986.
Andy then took the reins of the family business, continuing to build fine homes. In the 1990’s Andy started his millwork business, and continued building and providing fine millwork to his company and other builders, both residential and commercial. Andy’s millwork companies have provided fine millwork to builders from the mountains to the coast. As we rolled into the 21st century, things were changing in many ways for all of us. Andy was divorced, and remarried a few years later to Dr. Sharon Eck. As they moved forward with their lives, along came the great recession, and Andy chose to cease building of homes and focus on his millwork manufacturing business. His passion for creating fine things from wood then lead him to transform his millwork company into The Beaufort Furniture Company. Andy's interest in all things 100% made in the USA lead to his latest venture, The Beaufort Home Store.
To verify the authenticity of the items Andy sells in the Home Store, he has personally visited the manufacturers and vetted them to ensure they are made in the country. Most of his vendors are small, and some of them still operate out of their homes. About 60 percent are North Carolina companies.
Andy's commitment to 100% USA products: