Historic Charleston Foundation | Preservation Advocacy in Charleston, SC

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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

  • 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

  • Family Day at the Aiken-Rhett House Museum
    September 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    This September, join us at the Aiken-Rhett House Museum for a fun Family Day event benefitting Historic Charleston Foundation! This community-focused event will have something for every member of the...

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  • Candlelight Tours at the Aiken-Rhett House Museum
    October 18 @ 5:30 pm - October 21 @ 8:00 pm

    Dark History: Tragic Love and Tragic Loss Candlelight Tours of the Aiken-Rhett House Museum Guests are invited to deviate from the normal offerings at the Aiken-Rhett House, and step into some...

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  • PreserVISIONist Soirée
    October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    The most anticipated event of the year is right around the corner! On Friday, October 27th, join PreserVISIONist members at the annual Soirée at the historic Nathaniel Russell House Museum! The...

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