Purpose

The Purpose of the Historic Aiken Foundation is to encourage the protection, preservation, and appreciation of the architectural heritage of Aiken South Carolina.

In pursuit of this purpose, the Foundation acts as an advocate for structures of historical and architectural significance, and for the integrity of neighborhoods and the aesthetic appeal of the city.

Preservation

Historic preservation is the practice of protecting and preserving sites, structures or districts which reflect elements of local or national cultural, social, economic, political, archaeological or architectural history. Preservation has many diverse purposes and rewards, including the strengthening of local economies, stabilization of property values, the fostering of civic beauty and community pride, and the appreciation of local and national history. Historic preservation as a public purpose that advances the education and welfare of citizens, while providing economic and aesthetic benefits as well. We work cooperatively with other local historical societies through information sharing and coordination of programming. By collaborating we provide a collective voice for preserving protecting and planning in Aiken.