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This store is located on King Street at the intersection of Queen Street. It is the main office and gift shop of the Preservation Society, which was founded in 1920 by Susan Pringle Frost. The Society is a community organization dedicated to the preservation of historic structures in the city and to educating the public about preservation history and efforts. This is the oldest such organization in this country. It has been instrumental in the fight to save many of the wonderful old building that we see today in Charleston!
The PSOC awards the Carolopolis Awards, which you will see proudly displayed on many homes in the Historic District, in recognition of the preservation efforts of individual home and building-owners. The gift shop carries a wide assortment of books, note cards, novelties and Charleston reproductions.
We always made it habit to stop by the PSoC when we're in town. It's one of the easiest ways to help support preservation efforts!
There are some great items for sale here! We visited for the first time during our Halloween 2007 trip, and I found several items that I put on a wishlist. There are some beautiful reproduction tobacco jars, and some fine wooden treasure boxes that are made of wood salvaged from renovations that would otherwise have been trashed.