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Brief Description

A preservation easement is a legal interest which regulates changes to a historic building and its land and is usually given or sold by the property owner to Preservation South Carolina. Once recorded, an easement becomes part of the property's chain of title, this binding both present and future owners. A preservation easement gives Preservation South Carolina the legal authority to enforce its terms. An easement donation can often provide income, gift, or tax advantages to the owner. Easements are valued as the difference between the fair market value before and after the grant of an easement. 

The Trust for Architectural Easements is an excellent resource for information related to the valuation of easements associated with historic properties.


Contact our office and we will help you determine if your property is eligible for an easement donation. If it is, the next step will be to have the property valued by a professional real estate appraiser. We will then create a deed of Historic Preservation Easement as well as a Baseline Documentation Report of the property. Upon execution, we will then have the deed recorded at the Courthouse.

We will charge a one-time administrative fee at the time of the donation. Fees vary depending on the condition and complexity of the property. The fee includes the cost of the review and acceptance of easement documents and the periodic review of easement properties and requested changes to the structure. The fee does not include the cost of legal and appraisal service for the donor which the donor arranges separately. 

All fees are placed in an Easement Fund that enables Preservation South Carolina to meet the future administrative responsibilities of the easement program.

Preservation South Carolina's Preservation Easements

Anderson Slave Cabins (312 Morris Street, Anderson)

Beattie House (8 Bennett Street, Greenville)

Caldwell Johnson Morris House (220 E Morris St, Anderson)

Caleb Coker House (309 S Main Street, Society Hill)

Coker Rogers Store (Society Hill)

Chester Hotel (116-124 Main Street, Chester)

Clanmore House (8126 Highway 215 N, Blair)

Conner Hodges House (506 Asbury Road, Hodges)

Coogler-Meetze House (207 W Main Street, Lexington)

Curtiss Wright Hanger (1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd.)

Dawkins House (117 N Church Street, Union)

Duckett House (109 Downs Street, Laurens)

Gibson House(108 Orange Street, Darlington)

Great Falls Company Store (651 Dearborn St, Great Falls)

Good Hope Baptist Church (Eastover)

Hester Store (1735 Hester Store Rd, Easley)

Holiday Shores Motel (7501 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach)

Jasmine Cottage (Penn Center, St. Helena Island)

Laurelwood (200 Campbell Road, Eastover)

Lindler House (10801 Broad River Road, Irmo)

McLellan-Dodds Building (20 Public Square, Darlington)

Means House (1737 W Springs Hwy, Jonesville)

Monaghan Mill (201 Smythe St, Greenville)

Mt. Olivet Church (Prosperity)

Newell Hester Dairy Farm (1012 Lenhardt Rd, Easley)

Norris House (2430 Main Street, Newberry)

Octagon House (101 Woodrow St, Laurens)

Orchard Cottage (Penn Center, St. Helena Island)

Pacolet House (360 Stone Street, Pacolet)

Pelican Inn (506 Myrtle Avenue, Pawleys Island)

Prosperity Depot (Prosperity)

Red Doe Plantation (1132 Francis Marion Rd, Florence)

Rose Hotel (27 South Congress St, York, SC )

Ruff Cobb House (Newberry)

Scotch Cross House (105 Scotch Cross Rd E, Greenwood)

Senn Grist Mill (3 N Cantey Street, Summerton)

Senn House (228 Main Street, Summerton)

Shillito House (204 S Main St, Abbeville, SC)

Sompayrac Store Complex (323 S. Main Street, Society Hill)

Stradley-Barr Building (14 S Main Street, Greenville)

Sullivan House (109 Friendfield Lane, Greenwood)

Wilkins House (105 Mills Avenue, Greenville

Wyche Derrick House (208 McNeary St, Prosperity)

140 Pelzer Street (140 Pelzer Street, Warrenville)

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