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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Easements

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

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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

  • Morning Photography Walkabout
    March 25 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

    Discover Charleston through your camera (or cell phone) lens! Historic Charleston Foundation’s staff photographer will share tips, tricks and techniques valuable to anyone wishing to capture Charleston’s charm from beginner...

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  • Blackout Poetry: Aiken-Rhett House Museum, a children’s program
    March 25 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 pm

    “Blackout Poetry” is a much older activity than you may believe – dating back into the 1700s! Be inspired by the preserved-as-found Aiken-Rhett House Museum in this fun and engaging...

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  • Morning History Walk
    March 25 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

    Stroll through the Old & Historic District on a two-hour walking tour led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides. Intimate groups will begin at Shop Historic Charleston, 108 Meeting Street,...

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