A core tenant of the Palmetto Trust’s mission is to advocate passionately and professionally on the behalf of small S.C. towns and the preservation of their architectural heritage.
The Trust stays abreast of the sites and properties in need of preserving, like those listed as South Carolina’s Most Endangered Properties, and advocates on behalf of groups facing controversial preservation issues often providing statewide support and resources to halt development and preserve significant historic architecture.
The Palmetto Trust provides communities and preservation groups regular assistance through workshops on the historical and cultural context of our state's architectural heritage, technical assistance and resources for tax credits, easements and National Register nominations, as well as field schools and historic tours.
Annually, the Trust partners with SC Archives & History to present the Landmark and Preservation Conference, which features informative training sessions, nationally recognized preservationists and a Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony recognizing best practices and practitioners in South Carolina historic preservation.
Developing a network of Preservation Partners from around the state enables The Trust to work with commissions, societies, communities, contractors, preservationists and owners of historic homes in all regions of South Carolina.
Special membership offers for preservation professionals - including real estate agents, architects, horticulturalists and house movers - connects individuals and businesses to ensure that skillful, proper preservation techniques are employed.
Modeled after schools organized by the National Trust, Palmetto Trust field schools provide hands-on experience in proper preservation techniques including plaster repair, nail removal, brick making, window repair and demolition.
In 1998, The Palmetto Trust under then-President Steve McCrae began advocating for income tax credits for historic rehabilitation efforts. Bill 3163, an amendment to legislation set in 1976, was adopted in 2003, ensuring individuals who took on the rehabilitation of South Carolina owner occupied residential property deemed historic (and rehabilitated it under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation) would receive tax credits for their projects.
In 2006, The Palmetto Trust organized a coalition of preservation organizations and advocacy groups, representing the different regions of the state, to develop unified plan for legislative action.
In 2013, The Palmetto Trust coalition was responsible for the passage of The Abandoned Buildings Revitilization Act. Sponsored by Rep. James Smith in the House and Sen Creighton Coleman in the Senate, this bi-partisan bill recieved unanimous support in the state house prior to Gov Nikki R Haley signing it into law during the Preservation Award presentation at the State House on June 11, 2013.