Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Colleton, Dorchester, Berkely, and Charleston Counties
Fraser House, Walterboro prior to PreserveSC involvement.
The Fraser House with yard cleaned up by Lowcountry Preservation Fund Volunteers
Help us save the endangered historic places of
South Carolina’s Lowcountry!
The Lowcountry Preservation Fund was established by Preservation SC as a revolving preservation fund to identify, purchase, stabilize, maintain, market and/or sell historic properties in the 7 counties that comprise the SC Lowcountry: Hampton, Jasper, Colleton, Beaufort, Dorchester, Charleston and Berkeley. The fund, which is the first regional fund Preservation SC has established, is designed to create incentives for the more rural communities outside of Charleston and Beaufort to participate in preservation initiatives.
While this fund is solely for preservation of historic properties located in the SC Lowcountry, like other PreserveSC initiatives, expenditures from the fund will be returned to the fund upon the sale or lease of the piece of property for which the expenditures were made. A condition of the Lowcountry Preservation Fund is that Preservation SC must retain a preservation easement on any property the fund preserves.
"For 27 years, Preservation SC has helped to deliver to local communities a statewide perspective with statewide solutions," said Michael Bedenbaugh, executive director of Preservation SC. "We are excited to now help develop local solutions that could educate a statewide audience. The rural areas of the SC Lowcountry have wonderful historic places that could certainly benefit from preservation."
The Fund has established a real estate committee of area leaders who have a deep understanding of Lowcountry history, historic preservation issues, local real estate matters and a dedication to preserving historic structures.
These community advisory council, under the leadership of Ms Mary Ann Burtt of Walterboro, is already at work identifying and evaluating properties and will assist in raising funds for preservation.
"The challenge of funding this new and innovative endeavor will fall on all of us who care about preserving our historic heritage that forms the foundation of our sustainable economic development and quality growth," said Ms. Burtt.
Procedures for the Lowcountry Preservation Fund property selection:
- Priority is given to threatened properties that cannot be saved by the for-profit, private or public sectors.
- Saving historic properties is the fund's top priority, but other at-risk resources, such as historic landscapes, can be eligible.
- The local real estate committee will first determine a property's status, risks, and priority, then make recommendations to the Preservation SC Board of Directors.
Criteria considered for properties selection:
- The Property must be within one of the counties highlighted in the map to the right.
- Architectural and historical significance of the property.
- Current condition and estimated stabilization cost for the property.
- Possible threats to the property.
- Appropriateness of any proposed use and rehabilitation work.
- Geographic location.
- Amount of staff time needed to manage the project.
- Length of time fund monies will be tied up.
- Maximum investment per project.
- Likelihood of finding an appropriate buyer.
The fund is held at the Bank of Walterboro.
Donations to the fund can be mailed to:
Preservation South Carolina
The SC Lowcountry Preservation Fund
PO Box 1264
Walterboro, S.C. 29488
If you have any interest in:
- Helping us with information on an endangered historic house you have concerns about in the Lowcountry area
- Donation of an easement to protect your historic home
- Donation of a historic property
You can also drop us a line:
Preservation South Carolina
PO Box 506
Prosperity, SC 29127
Preservation SC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Fed ID # 57-0913191.
Your Generous contributions to the Lowcountry Preservation Fund are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.