Group working to save Charleston cottages
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Preservation Society of Charleston is working to save so-called "freedman's cottages" from demolition and sell them to first-time home buyers.
The Post and Courier reports the group is starting with a dilapidated home it bought for $30,000 on the peninsula's East Side. The 800-square-foot home built in 1885 has been vacant for a decade. Restoration work should be completed in the spring.
Charleston cottages are defined as single-story homes with a side piazza and gabled roof. Many date to the 1800s and housed freed slaves after the Civil War.
The society's executive director, Evan Thompson, says the group is surveying cottages throughout the city to plan future restoration projects.
The group's program marks the latest effort to save the structures.
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