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Every Building Tells a Story

One of the many ways Historic Charleston Foundation seeks to protect Charleston's architectural, historical and cultural integrity is through scholarly research and documentation.

The Margaretta Childs Archives consists primarily of property records for hundreds of historic buildings, homes and plantations in Charleston and the Lowcountry, including historical and architectural information, deed/title research, news clippings, archaeological reports, photographs, architectural drawings, plats and maps.

The Research Library contains books, pamphlets, technical reports and videos pertaining to architecture, historic preservation, Charleston and South Carolina history, archaeology, building arts, decorative arts and gardens.

Archives & Research News

The Legacy of Joseph “Peter” McGee

Each May, HCF and our preservation colleagues around the country celebrate #PreservationMonth to bring attention to the important work that “historic place-savers” do every day. This year, the National Trust…

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Navy Yard Charleston Oral History Collection

Navy Yard Charleston and Historic Charleston Foundation have recently completed a series of Oral History videos capturing an otherwise undocumented picture of Charleston’s Navy Base story though first-hand accounts.  Told…

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Tom Russell – Armorer of Denmark Vesey’s Rebellion

The Denmark Vesey rebellion, and the subsequent trial of co-conspirators, has been a subject of study for historians for quite some time. Most recently, the focus has been on Vesey’s…

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