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South Carolina's Statewide Historic Preservation Nonprofit Organization

Mission Statement

Formed in 1990, Preservation South Carolina preserves and protects South Carolina's historic buildings and places, advocating for their productive use, and promoting the state's diverse cultural legacy.

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 African American landmarks. Below are a few of our current statewide projects and initiatives. 

2024 South Carolina Historic Preservation Awards RECIPIENTS

Presented by the SC Department of Archives and History, The Office of the Governor, and Preservation South Carolina

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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 November 2023, Preservation SC acquired the 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 place of worship for Black Methodists since 1847, Taveau is a remarkable rural Black church with rich history. In 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 PSC. The original hotel, known as the "Planters Inn", was built in 1813 later burned and rebuilt in 1919 to what we see today. We are working with developers and the Town in bringing this building back to life.

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Breaking News

Exciting news for the Dawkins House! We are thrilled to announce that it will be the new home of the USC-Union Alumni Center. We look forward to sharing more updates as we progress, but for now, take a moment to appreciate the brand new sign dedicated to this joint project with USC-Union, Union County, and the City of Union.

The Latest Headlines + Happenings

Preservation South Carolina E-Newsletter

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May is National Preservation Month!

In addition to preservation news from across the state, an update on the Dawkins House, and an award from the Historic Charleston Foundation

May 2, 2024

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Call for Nominations to the 2024 SC Historic Preservation Awards

In addition to preservation news from across the state and an introduction to PSC Intern, Paige Regna.

March 14, 2024

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UPDATE: Taveau Church

​In additional to a Call for Nominations to the 2024 SC Historic Preservation Awards.

February 12, 2024

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Year-end News 2023

Thank you for your support.

December 11, 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 is a meaningful way to 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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