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Honor What Makes Us
Advocacy. Community Engagement. Preservation. Research.

  Pictured Above: Deborah Edwards on the porch of her newly renovated Freedmans Cottage in the North Central Neighborhood. Through its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, HCF and the City of Charleston preserved this historically significant structure.

Advocating For All People & All Places

We advocate for all neighborhoods, parks, gardens, historic buildings and the memories they’re made of – and help make the vital decisions that move us all forward.

Why We Preserve

Preservation Projects

Preservation in Action

  • Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative

    The goal of the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative is to stabilize neighborhoods by securing the future of their historic structures and community.

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  • Easements

    Easements are a successful tool that help protect a historic property by safeguarding its historic character, materials and significance.

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  • Edmunds Endangered Property Fund

    We were the first organization in the country to develop a revolving fund as a preservation strategy.

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  • Archaeology

    Archaeological digs help answer questions about Charleston’s history that documentary records alone cannot provide.

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  • Housing Affordability

    To protect the cultural character of our neighborhoods, we’ve embarked upon a housing affordability initiative.

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  • Ashley River Historic Corridor

    We’ve been at the forefront of efforts to protect the nationally significant historic Ashley River Corridor and lead the expansion of the National Register-designated Ashley River Historic District from approximately 7,000 to 24,000 acres.

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House Museums

Aiken-Rhett House & Nathaniel Russell House

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Upcoming Events

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Blog Posts

HCF Views and News.
  • Russell House Floorcloth Reproduction Project

    Historic Charleston Foundation invests 100% of every donation received at the Nathaniel Russell House in the continued preservation and restoration of this historic site. With your help, we tackle projects…

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  • From the Collection: Canton Porcelain

    American merchant ships began a direct line of trade to China shortly after the Revolutionary War and, by the end of the eighteenth century, had made the United States second…

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  • The Future of Union Pier

    The State Ports Authority (SPA) is poised to redevelop the 70-acre Union Pier site in the historic district along the Cooper River. Redevelopment of Union Pier is a critically important…

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