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Our mission is to advocate for a future for Charleston that honors and protects its people, places, culture, and community.



  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

  • Easements

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

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  • 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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  • Housing Affordability

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

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  • Archaeology

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

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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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  • 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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House Museums

Aiken-Rhett House & Nathaniel Russell House

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Upcoming Events

  • Charter Day 2024 Awards Ceremony
    April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Each April, Historic Charleston Foundation commemorates its 1947 founding by honoring extraordinary contributions in preserving Charleston’s irreplaceable historic built environment and cultural character. Awards include the Stoney Craftsmanship Award, the...

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HCF Views and News.
  • Charter Day 2024 Award Winners

    Each April, Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF) commemorates its 1947 founding by honoring extraordinary contributions in preserving Charleston’s irreplaceable historic built environment and cultural character. This year, we are honored to…

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  • Winslow’s Word: April 2024

    We are thrilled to have wrapped up an extremely successful spring season of the newly rebranded Charleston Festival! This year, we launched a new, expanded lecture series, a Festival Music…

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  • Jill Hooper Exhibit at Aiken-Rhett House Museum

    Exclusive for The Charleston Festival’s 2024 season, artist Jill Hooper created a truly magical artistic experience marrying a range of media for a unique, site-specific visual art exhibition. Open for…

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