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Historic Preservation

Welcome to the State Historic Preservation Office

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) encourages and facilitates the responsible stewardship of South Carolina's irreplaceable historic and prehistoric places. 

The SHPO was established in 1969 to implement the goals of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, which extended federal support to state and local preservation efforts. The SHPO, which receives federal funds through the National Park Service, is a program of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

Robert Mills Manor, Charleston
Robert Mills Manor, Charleston, Listed in the National Register September 24, 2021

What's New

2022 Historic Preservation Awards Call for Nominations

Homeowner and Income-Producing Tax Credits New Fee Schedule and Form

The latest edition of A Guidebook to South Carolina Historical Markers is available in the SCDAH Gift Shop (and other bookstores). Compiled by Edwin Breeden, Ph. D., Coordinator of the Historical Marker Program at the SCDAH, this guide includes all markers that SCDAH has approved since the program’s establishment in 1936.

A Guidebook to Historical Markers


Maintenance of the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office web pages is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, administered by the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office.
U.S. Department of the Interior regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility operated by a recipient of federal assistance, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington DC 20240.