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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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  • 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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  • 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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Blog Posts

HCF Views and News.
  • Schedule of Events

    THURDSDAY, DEC. 2 – SUNDAY, DEC. 5 To purchase tickets or ticket packages, visit IlluminationCharleston.com. Please see notes below the schedule for help with selecting the tickets you desire. All…

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  • The Lost Architecture: October 2021 Edition

    This is the Commercial Club/Timrod Hotel at 101 Meeting Street. The Commercial Club stood on Meeting Street between the Charleston County Courthouse and Hibernian Hall. The building was a late-19th century…

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  • Breaking Down How to Build a Seawall

    HCF has gotten numerous calls with questions about the Army Corps peninsula seawall project. And rightly so – this is a massive, complex project and entails a lot of unfamiliar…

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