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South Carolina's only statewide historic preservation nonprofit.

Our Mission

Preservation South Carolina is a nonprofit organization operating in South Carolina since 1990. We are dedicated to preserving and protecting South Carolina's irreplaceable architectural heritage.


Current Projects & Initiatives

In order to meet our state's most pressing needs, we have used support from people like you to create programs that address the preservation of our historic rural churches, the revitalization of smaller community downtowns, and the saving of significant Black landmarks. Below are our current projects around the state.

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Union County

Dawkins House

Located at the end of N. Church Street in downtown Union is an unassuming building that does not outwardly show its history as the one-time state capital of SC during the Civil War. In October 2022, Preservation SC acquired the future rights to the Dawkins House at a property tax sale. 

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Berkeley County

Taveau Church 

Built in 1835, and used as a worship home for Black Methodists since 1847, Taveau is a remarkable survivor of a rural Black church with rich history. In late June, 2023, with the full support of the congregation, its minister, and the Taveau Legacy Committee, we purchased historic Taveau from the UMC Conference.

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Edgefield County

Edgefield Hotel

In 2017, an Edgefield citizen donated the town’s historic hotel to Preservation SC. The original hotel, known as the "Planters Inn", was built in 1813 and later burned and rebuilt in 1919 to what we see today. We are pleased to share that we are working with developers and the Town in bringing this  building back to life.

The Latest Headlines + Happenings

Preservation SC E-Newsletter

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History of the Edgefield Hotel

In addition to an update on Taveau Church, the Dawkins House, and Preservation SC Internships.

November 10, 2023

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Preservation SC to Receive State Funding

​In addition to an update on the Edgefield Hotel, a History of the Dawkins House of Union, and the latest from our event in Camden.

October 4, 2023

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Letter from incoming Chairman, John Hildreth

In addition to Hildreth, Preservation SC welcomes four board members, Timika Wilson, John Blythe, Cecil Williams, Shelby Henderson.

September 1, 2023

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Taveau Church

We are pleased to announce that we have secured the purchase of the nearly 200-year-old Taveau Church in the rural Berkeley County community of Cordesville.

July 19, 2023

Why join?
Becoming a member of Preservation South Carolina is the best way of supporting our work. Membership represents an appreciation for South Carolina's rich architectural and cultural heritage and meaningful support of our preservation and advocacy efforts.

Together we can secure the future of our historic places, inspire a sense of community, and keep our history alive for future generations.
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