Charleston SC was founded back in 1670 by English settlers
commissioned by England's King Charles. In honor of their King, the
settlers named the town Charles Towne. This exact location, Charles
Towne Landing, is really a few miles away from where the city is located today.
The city of
Charleston South Carolina has endured many obstacles throughout its
existence. Enemy forces have occupied the city during both the Revolutionary and
Civil wars. The enemy occupations have influenced Charleston's great history
it enjoys today.
addition to military occupation, mother nature has played her role in
shaping Charleston's history and making it into the beautiful city it is today.
The Charleston area residents along with their homes have
endured major fires, floods and one major earthquake back in the late 1800's.
Everyone loves living in Charleston for its rich history,
outdoor recreation, culture events and architectural charm. The Charleston charm
we enjoy today is from the hard work of many great people,
societies, conservations and foundations. One hard working non-profit is called The Preservation
Society of Charleston.
The Charleston preservation movement started as
a result of an informal meeting back in 1921. The location of this informal
meeting back in 1921 was 20 Battery Street which is now where you will find
Battery Carriage House a lovely
bed and breakfast . This 1921 meeting resulted in the
formation of the Preservation Society of Charleston which became the first
historic society in the nation of its kind and it continues to remain the
perfect role model for many historic societies throughout the country.
The Preservation Society of Charleston’s founder, Susan
Pringel Frost, recognized the need for more city involvement and in 1931
pioneered the nation’s first town regulated zoning and ordinance laws.
These new town zoning and ordinance laws were then used in conjunction with
the Preservation Society’s goal to effectively preserve Charleston’s
wonderful history, culture, and architecture. Susan Pringel Frost served on
the town’s zoning and ordinance boards for many years. She was a truly
remarkable woman and ahead of her time. Susan Pringel Frost’s courage,
vision, eccentricity, and tenacity helped make the town of Charleston the
unique city and place that it is today.
The Charleston Preservation Society holds an annual walking tour event
during the fall weekends. This tour includes many famous historic
homes located among several hundred other Charleston Historic
homes. The Charleston Preservation Society’s annual walking tour will
provide you with the unique opportunity of experiencing a behind the scenes
tour of some truly magnificent and historic homes. The majority of
Charleston’s Historic properties are owned by private individuals living an
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