Since 1996, the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor has awarded over $15 million in grant funds to various tourism projects across South Carolina ranging from new museum displays to hiking trails. Here is the list of recent grants that will effect the tourism scene in South Carolina for years to come!
The Carolina Barbados Connection
The SCNHC will partner with the Carolina Barbados Legacy Foundation, SCETV, and the Country of Barbados to plan and implement a campaign aimed at increasing the public awareness of the historic connection between South Carolina and Barbados. The plan includes a one-hour documentary along with an online and print piece of the history and current sites for visitation at both SC and on the island. A public relations and social media campaign will be implemented as a complement to the travel guide.
The SCNHC will partner with McCormick County, Abbeville County and the Town of Calhoun Falls to complete a 30-mile Rails to Trails project connecting McCormick County to Lake Russell and Calhoun State Park. The trail follows the Savannah River National Scenic Byway and will allow for both hiking and biking.
Town of Edgefield
The SCNHC will partner with the Town of Edgefield and SCDNR to extend the trail around the 36 acre lake and construct a pier and fishing platform at the end of the trail.
Stumphouse Mountain Multi-Use Trail System
In partnership with the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, we will provide partnership funds for trail construction and technical assistance for trail marketing, promotion and visitor services. This phase of the project will create 12.9 miles of trail.
Railroad Historical Center in Greenwood
The Railroad Historical Center Railcar Preservation Project in Greenwood, SC is nearing completion. Past grants helped complete asbestos and lead paint abatement, painting the interior and exterior of all train cars, complete structural work needed to stabilize the historic railcar collection, installation of HVAC and electrical components for lighting, refurbish seating and replace flooring and windows. With this grant round, the funds are used to complete the construction of a handicapped accessible platform that will provide seamless access to the now restored railcars.
The Museum of the Cherokee
The Museum of the Cherokee in South Carolina would like to renovate and update (i.e., handicapped accessible) the second story of an adjacent 2-story, 2800 squarefoot building which will be called the Museum Annex. This Annex will have a pass through corridor from the current Museum to the new Annex so it is an easy access for visitors/tourists.
Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site
This grant will assist in establishing an interpretive trail, street signs that layout the original streets that existed in the 1700s, historic fencing, pathway improvement, and an entrance to the town with a kiosk and map.
Aiken State Park
The project will take place on the South Edisto river at the boat launch located inside Aiken State Park and encompass educational wayside, boat launch renovation, and pier improvements. .
St. George Rosenwald School
The St. George Rosenwald School was erected in 1925-1926. When the Town purchased the property the building had been neglected over fifty years and was in an emergency state of deterioration. Efforts funded by this grant includes preservation of the building.
The Town of Saluda will partner with the Saluda Historical Society and the Chamber of Commerce to repair and restore the Saluda Theater including bathrooms, fixtures, handrails, floor replacement, lighting, audio/video equipment, and a regular movie schedule.
McLeod Plantation Historic Site
Charleston County Parks Recreation Commission opened McLeod to the public in 2015 and is currently in a stabilization phase for the outbuildings.
Horns Creek Church in Edgefield
Horn’s Creek Baptist Church is believed to be the oldest structure in Edgefield County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The current objective is to stabilize and preserve the church building by reconstructing the foundation, replacing the doors and windows, replacing the room, and making carpentry repairs where needed and painting the exterior and interior.
Drayton Hall Visitor & Education Facilities
Drayton Hall has just begun an exciting and transformational project – enhancing the visitor experience through the construction of new visitor and educational facilities. These facilities will include a welcome area, museum shop and orientation hall, an education center, interpretive gardens, and gallery spaces.
Courthouse Pavilion in Dorchester County
After extensive public feedback, Dorchester County has incorporated an event pavilion into the Courthouse Park plan. The pavilion will create a venue for hosting cultural events celebrations found nowhere else in the surrounding area.
Ashley River Historic District
These funds will be used to engage a consultant to study the abundant resources in the area and develop site design and architectural standards to promote more sensitive development, thereby protecting and promoting our numerous local resources.
Murray Avenue in Anderson
Anderson's plans are for the development of an educational and recreational amenity below the Murray Avenue Bridge in historic Downtown Anderson. This project will create a sense of place and tell the story of Anderson’s history under the viaduct. Landscaping and lighting will enhance the visitor experience and make it a more pleasant, illuminated space to visit or pass through.