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Easements

Easements are successful preservation tools that help protect a historic property by safeguarding its historic character, materials, and significance. A legal agreement between the owner of a historic property and Historic Charleston Foundation, a preservation easement establishes perpetual protection for the property.

In addition to preventing inappropriate changes from being made to a historic property, easements also can offer a considerable tax advantage for the donor. Easement donors make a gift to current and future generations when they voluntarily place perpetual restrictions on their historic property. Today, we hold more than 400 easements throughout Charleston and the Lowcountry.

Saving Mary Smith From Spinsterhood

In the 18th century, spinsters – unmarried women over the “appropriate age to be married” (about 25) – were¬† generally marginalized by society and marriage prospects were almost nil. It…

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3 Types of Easements

Easements are successful preservation tools that help protect a historic property by safeguarding its historic character, materials, and significance. A legal agreement between the owner of a historic property and…

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How to Donate to an Easement

If your property is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Properties or is a Contributing Building to a National Register District, and retains historic integrity, your property may…

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