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Historic Gavin House To Be Rehabilitated

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The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism recently awarded the town of Bluffton a $200,000 Undiscovered South Carolina Grant to rehabilitate the historic Garvin House, which is the earliest-known home built by a freed slave on the May River. The grant will be used for restoration work, which is scheduled to begin this year.

This preservation work will include stabilizing the structure; constructing a new foundation, a new roof and replacing damaged structural supports. Located across from Oyster Factory Park in the Bluffton Historic District, the Garvin House was constructed around 1870.