SOUTH CAROLINA- The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor (SCNHC) grant program recently awarded a total of $650 thousand dollars to various tourism projects across the state. The federal grant funds projects specifically for tourism planning, development, revitalization, and conservation.
According to Carter C. Hudgins, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust, the grant will assist in improving the overall visitor experience.
"Assistance from the SC National Heritage Corridor will play a significant role in transforming one of our nation's most historic sites through the construction of new visitor facilities,” Hudgins noted. “As the most authentic survivor from South Carolina’s colonial past, Drayton Hall plays an invaluable role educating the public about the earliest chapters of our state, and a new visitor center will allow visitors to interact with Drayton Hall’s past in new and innovative ways.”
The complete 2017 grant recipient list includes the Railroad History Park in Greenwood, Horn’s Creek Church in Edgefield, the Rosenwald School in St. George, Murray Avenue in Anderson, Aiken State Park, Colonial Dorchester State Park in Summerville, The Museum of the Cherokee in Walhalla, Drayton Hall in Charleston, The Saluda Theatre, Ashley River Road in Dorchester County, McLeod Plantation in Charleston, and the Courthouse Pavilion in Saint George.
Many of the awarded projects aim to increase economic development and quality of life for its citizens as wells as improve tourism, including the Murray Avenue Bridge Project which will include an educational and recreational amenity below the Murray Avenue Bridge in downtown Anderson.
“The Murray Avenue Bridge Project is a stimulant to the ongoing vibrancy of downtown. The SCNHC grant provides a boost to another part of our economic ecosystem and strengthens our position. This puzzle piece that connects Main Street can showcase our City’s walkability, arts and culture, and serve as a continuing magnet for economic growth,” said Mayor Terence Roberts.
The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor is one of the largest National Heritage Areas in the country and has awarded over 15 million dollars to tourism projects in South Carolina since the program’s inception in 1996. Pictured is Colonial Dorchester State Park.