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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.

Mosquito Beach Historic District, Charleston County
Mosquito Beach Historic District, Charleston County
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places September 23, 2019

What's New

Guidebook to SC Historical Markers - Winter 2019 (PDF) - Includes a list of all markers approved by the S.C. Historical Marker Program, organized by county and order of approval; a guide to markers by select subjects and time periods; and frequently asked questions.

National Register Review Board Meeting, December 18, 2019

2020 Historic Preservation Conference Call for Proposals


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.