To Preserve and Protect

Lands, scenic vistas, heritage, and conservation
resources of Edisto Island for future generations.

Land Protection

The Edisto Island Open Land Trust’s main goal is to preserve and protect the land that makes Edisto Island special. We do this by primarily accepting conservation easement donations from concerned landowners or purchasing fee ownership of land. EIOLT currently protects 3,945 acres of land. Most of that land is protected through conservation easements on private property. Of the land we own outright, much is accessible to the public. Read about each of our protected properties below or explore them on our interactive map.

 
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Help Save the Hutchinson House

The Hutchinson House, constructed around 1885, is one of the oldest surviving houses built by African Americans during the Reconstruction Era on Edisto Island. In a time when many freed people struggled to thrive economically, the Hutchinsons prospered as farmers who operated one of the African American-owned cotton gins on the island. James Hutchinson was born into slavery and escaped bondage in 1863 during the Civil War.

News & Events

Upcoming Events

  • October 30, 2021
    Online Shellabration Continues!Read More
  • November 13, 2021
    Walking Tour – The Hutchinson House, Edisto IslandRead More
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Latest News

  • September 14, 2021
    National Parks Service Awards Grant to Edisto Island Historic Hutchinson House Read More
  • September 1, 2021
    The Sandlappers Read More
  • August 10, 2021
    Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week at the Historic Hutchinson House Read More
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