The International Association of Beauforts was established in 1995 when Beaufort-en-Vallee, France hosted the first reunion of Beauforts. The Beaufort, North Carolina organization seeks to promote international cooperation, understanding and development through a variety of dynamic exchanges with cities and towns with whom Beaufort maintains active sister city partnerships. By interpreting our way of life to people of other cultures, we gain a better understanding of our own community. This site provides information on our local organization as well as overviews of each of our sister-city Beauforts.

Beaufort sur Doron, France

Beaufort, also Beaufort sur Doron, is a commune in the Savoie department of Rhone-Alpes region in south-eastern France...on the Doron de Beaufort (river). The town is capital of Beaufortain.

In the 12th century, the town was called Luce, Lucia, the name of a Roman villa. She took the name Sainte-Maxime in the 13th century, Saint Maxime de Beaufort in 1738 and eventually Beaufort-sur-Duron.

The municipality's economy depends on tourism and agriculture. It is known for its "Beaufort" cheese and is also a small ski resort.