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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Housing Affordability

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

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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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  • Archaeology

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

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House Museums

Aiken-Rhett House & Nathaniel Russell House

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Upcoming Events

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HCF on Instagram

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Blog Posts

HCF Views and News.
  • Charleston Tourism Forum, October 18, 2022

    Charleston Tourism Forum, recorded October 18, 2022Historic Charleston Foundation was proud to host a community tourism forum, along with the City of Charleston, SC Government and Explore Charleston, on Tuesday,…

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  • 295 Calhoun: Update

    At the Board of Architectural Review Meeting on October 12, BOTH preservation groups, The Preservation Society of Charleston, and Historic Charleston Foundation stood together in opposition to the proposed development…

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  • Your Guide to the Festival of Houses and Gardens

    2023 Festival Dates: March 15 – April 16, 2023 WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Updated: October 2022 Thank you for your patronage of the Festival of Houses and Gardens,…

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