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We have completed half of the work, and now have a goal to raise $275,000 to complete the project.

We have completed the stabilization, weatherization and first phase of exterior restoration. Phase two will include the interior restoration, replicating the three-sided porch and replacing the north room on the back of the house.

We received a $171,512 grant from the Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS) funded through the Historic Preservation Fund and African American Civil Rights grant program but we still need your help! A donation to The Hutchinson House Restoration Project will support the work to safe guard the legacy of this property. 

Together, we will restore the home back to its original appearance and open the house and grounds to the public to share the story of how land ownership shaped so many lives on Edisto.

Please consider joining the over 350 individuals who have already donated to this wonderful restoration project. 
Thank you!

Trail Around the Property Now Open

A trail around a portion of the Hutchinson House grounds is now open to the public. Once we have raised the money and are able to complete phase two, we will open the entire site to the public. Our goal is to use the house and site to share the story of how the land shaped so many lives on Edisto from the first land grant on the island in 1683, that included this property.

Stewarding the Hutchinson’s Land

As a land trust, our primary goal is to preserve the ecological and agricultural integrity of the lands of Edisto Island and its surrounding coastal communities. To this end we must steward the land we own and the Hutchinson House is no exception. In fact, the Hutchinson House is the site of our most intense stewardship work. Because the property is publicly accessible, we have implemented many habitat improvement activities so we can interpret their importance to visitors.

Our environmental interpretation of the site compliments our historical interpretation to educate visitors on not just the importance of preserving our history as Edistonians but also our natural environment. Bluebird nestboxes, bat boxes, pollinator gardens, wildflower meadows, and a demonstration Sea Island Cotton plot provide us centerpieces to articulate the significance of protecting the land we steward.

Sea Island Cotton

As part of both our historical and environmental interpretation of the property, EIOLT maintains a small plot of Sea Island Cotton for demonstration. Henry Hutchinson made his living and based his entrepreneurial business on producing, processing, and selling Sea Island Cotton for the Charleston market. He planted his own lands in cotton and ginned cotton for his neighbors. Henry’s cotton gin was built inside the Clark Manor’s old cotton house, which Henry refurbished. A cotton house was a special two or three story outbuilding on a plantation that housed all of the cotton processing facilities. Here cotton from the field was dried, cleaned, ginned, cleaned again, and then packed in bales to be shipped to market. Henry is believed to have owned and operated a steam-powered McCarthy Gin in his cotton house, an expensive and modern machine for the time that could quickly handle massive amounts of cotton with few laborers. Henry acted as a middleman, handling the processing and shipping of the cotton and distributing the profits accordingly. Our demonstration Sea Island Cotton plot gives us a living exhibit to interpret this important facet of the Hutchinson’s history to visitors.

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