Historic Charleston Foundation has been at the forefront of the broad community efforts to protect the nationally significant historic Ashley River Corridor over the years.
Most recently, the Foundation has lead the expansion of the National Register-designated Ashley River Historic District from approximately 7,000 to 24,000 acres.
This effort, funded by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, led to groundbreaking research and survey efforts to better understand the history of this important Lowcountry landscape. This Historic District is a special place in the South Carolina Lowcountry, and it’s consistently under threat because of its position on the suburban edges of the region and the fact that it straddles several municipal jurisdictions. The Ashley River Historic Corridor is a successful case study for implementing the principles of “whole place preservation.”
Click the button below to learn more about the history of the area, as well as the many preservation and conservation campaigns waged there over many years.
View of the Ashley River
Grave of Mary Cattel, Millbrook Plantation
Lord Ashley Archaeological Site, 1674- 1685
Iconic Bridge at magnolia Gardens