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S.C. Towns Proactive in Preserving Their Uniqueness

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From the State Department of Archives and History website:

Twenty-five South Carolina communities have historic preservation ordinances and have been certified by the National Park Service as meeting the criteria for Certified Local Governments (CLGs):

Aiken, Anderson, Beaufort, Bennettsville, Bluffton, Charleston, Cheraw, Chester, Chesterfield, Columbia, Conway, Darlington, Dillon, Ft. Mill, Georgetown, Greenville, Horry County, Laurens, Lexington, McClellanville, Mt. Pleasant, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Sumter, and York.

Some communities protect their historic buildings and/or archaeological sites with ordinances, but have not yet been approved as CLGs:

Abbeville, Beaufort County, Berkeley County, Camden, Elloree, Greenville County, Greer, Hilton Head, Kershaw County, Kingstree, Lancaster, Latta, Little Mountain, Marion, Newberry, Rockville, Seneca, Summerville, and Walterboro.

More information is available at http://www.state.sc.us/scdah/hplgclg.htm

Any surprises in the above listings? How can we encourage our other charming small towns to get on board?

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Notice any glaring omissions in the above? One major urban center in the state known as sorely lacking for many reasons, despite their inventory of older buildings and neighborhoods, is missing from these lists. IMO, the lack of any historic preservation movement whatsoever in this town is one of the most heinous reasons it is lagging behind. It is a town that has all but demolished every last bit of what they once had in their downtown. The mantle of shame goes to you, Florence!

I used to live in Florence, and am a

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I'm surprised to not see Orangeburg County on that list, as I think it does fairly well with preservation and does have a lot that needs to be protected.

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