Pee Dee Preservation Fund

Florence, Darlington, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon, Marion, Horry, Georgetown, and Williamsburg Counties

Red Doe: The 1840s Greek Revival Landmark was sold by Preservation SC in the spring of 2017
and helped launch the Pee Dee Preservation Fund.

Help us save the endangered historic places of
South Carolina’s Pee Dee Region!

The Pee Dee 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 9 counties that comprise the Pee Dee: Florence, Darlington, Williamsburg, Georgetown, Horry, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon and Marion. The fund is designed to create incentives for the more rural communities of the Pee Dee River Basin to participate in preservation initiatives. 

Coker Rogers Store: At 7000 square feet, this large store is one of the most significant historic mercantile establishments in the Pee Dee.

While this fund is solely for preservation of historic properties located in the Pee Dee, like other PreserveSC initiatives, expenditures 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 Pee Dee 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. SC's Pee Dee region has many  wonderful historic places that could certainly benefit from preservation." 

Sompayrac Store: Constructed ca1815, this is South Carolina's oldest framed commercial building outside South Carolina's tidewater region.

The Fund has established a real estate committee of area leaders who have a deep understanding of Pee Dee history, historic preservation issues, local real estate matters and a dedication to preserving historic structures.

The community advisory council 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 the historic heritage that forms the foundation of our sustainable economic development and quality growth," said advisory council member, Ms. Agnes Willcox.

Caleb Coker House: Built in the 1830s, this home is the birthplace of one of South Carolina's leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists, James Lide Coker.

Procedures for the Pee Dee 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.
Pee Dee Preservation Fund Counties

Click the map above to view the
Pee Dee Preservation Fund's
available for purchase, easement,
and advocacy properties.

Donations to the fund can be mailed to:

Preservation SC
Pee Dee Preservation Fund
PO Box 506
Prosperity, SC 29127

If you have any interest in:
  • Helping us with information on an endangered historic house you have concerns about in the Pee Dee area
  • Donation of an easement to protect your historic home
  • Donation of historic property

Contact Preservation SC by email or by phone 803-944-9425.

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 Pee Dee Preservation Fund are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.