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The mission of the Historic Charleston Foundation is to lead in preserving and protecting the historical, architectural and cultural character of Charleston and its historic environment.
It serves to educate the public about Charleston’s history and the benefits that are derived from preservation. “This mission is supported through the generosity of preservation-minded donors, in addition to the Foundation’s earned-income programs, including the Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens, the Charleston International Antiques Show, licensed products program, and three retail shops. In addition, HCF fulfills its educational mission through the interpretation of its collections and two museum sites: the Nathaniel Russell House, c. 1808, and the Aiken-Rhett House, c. 1818.”
The nonprofit organization was established in 1947. The foundation “works to protect buildings, landscapes and cultural resources that make up Charleston’s rich and irreplaceable heritage.
At the heart of the Foundation’s mission lie its preservation and advocacy programs, including protective covenants and easements.
Learn more about the fascinating history of the Walled City of Charleston through photos, maps and video!