Daufuskie Island Site Visit
The president of The 1772 Foundation, B. Danforth Ely, and its executive director, Mary Adams Anthony, recently visited Daufuskie Island, South Carolina (see photos below), where The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation (PTHP) has established the Daufuskie Island Endangered Places Program. They were joined on the site visit by Kathy Kottaridis, Executive Director of Historic Boston Incorporated, Clark Schoettle, Executive Director of the Providence Revolving Fund, and Melissa Jest, Manager, Historic Properties Redevelopment Programs Office at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mike Bedenbaugh, PTHP’s executive director, led the tour.
Daufuskie is a sea island off the South Carolina coast, accessible only by boat. It was home to many freed slaves, known as the Gullah, who settled there after the Civil War. Gullah descendants continue to own island property and keep alive the rich heritage of their ancestors.
Mr. Bedenbaugh explained that the PTHP has developed a new historic preservation model – a program where his organization leases a house, rehabilitates it while respecting its historical integrity, and rents it to those who want to experience Daufuskie by staying in a real Gullah-built cottage. When the rental income and any donations return the initial investment, the property lease can be cancelled and full use of the house returned to its owner(s). Every home saved is on the National Register of Historic Places as contributing to the Daufuskie Historic District.
The 1772 Foundation provided funds for the rehabilitation of the Frances Jones House, PTHP’s pilot project. The Hinson White House will be the second property to be saved.