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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

  • Housing Affordability

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

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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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  • 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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  • Archaeology

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

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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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  • 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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House Museums

Aiken-Rhett House & Nathaniel Russell House

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Upcoming Events

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    The Charleston Festival 2024
    March 14 - April 14

    For 77 years Historic Charleston Foundation has celebrated houses, history, and culture through its annual spring programming. Become an insider with tours of some of the most beautiful private houses...

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Blog Posts

HCF Views and News.
  • Winslow’s Word: February 2024

    As late winter transitions to early spring—with the fruit trees and saucer magnolias blooming—key planning projects around the city are ramping up as well. While we have been consistently representing…

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  • Winslow’s Word: January 2024

    Last month, Historic Charleston announced a new strategic plan adopted by our Board of Trustees that involved a proposal to transition away from owning the Nathaniel Russell House. While we…

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  • UPDATE: Nathaniel Russell House Museum

    Dear Friends and Supporters of Historic Charleston Foundation, Last month, Historic Charleston Foundation announced a new strategic plan adopted by our Board of Trustees.  A component of the plan involved…

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