The Hutchinson House on Edisto Island, built circa 1885 by a previously enslaved African, is considered one of the island’s most important African-American historic sites, but it has sat unoccupied and deteriorating for decades. With each passing year, and hurricane season, the house grows more and more vulnerable and runs the risk of collapsing entirely if restorative action isn’t taken soon. I am personally inspired by the important history of this house and the Hutchinson family and I started this page to ask you to join me in saving this treasure for generations to come!
During the first phase of the project, the house was purchased, protected with a shelter and temporarily stabilized. The Edisto Island Open Land Trust now needs $50,000 to pair with an $85,000 grant received from the National Trust for Historic Preservation African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund to complete this next phase of the Hutchinson House project. With your help, over the next year we can permanently stabilize and weatherize this historic house so that it can continue to endure into the future.
Here is great news! We have a generous $25,000 challenge gift if we can raise $25,000 by the end of this year.
Please help me help the Edisto Island Open Land Trust by donating any amount you can today. Just click the 'Give Now' button. And the more people who know about the Hutchinson House project, the greater our collective impact will be, so please spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Our goal is to match $25,000 by December 31st! Time is of the essence, let’s make this happen.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!