The management of Fort Hill: Home of John C. Calhoun and Thomas G. Clemson is the primary mission for the Historic Properties.
The Fort Hill mission statement cites as objectives “the preservation, conservation and interpretation of Fort Hill” as directed in the last will and testament of the founder, Thomas Clemson, who decreed that:
“Item 4. It is my desire that the dwelling house on Fort Hill shall never be torn down or altered, but shall be kept in repair, with all the articles of furniture and vesture which I hereinafter give for that purpose, and shall always be open for the inspection of visitors.”
“Item 9. I give and bequeath . . . for the purpose of adorning the Fort Hill residence . . . all of my permanent furniture, relics and articles of vesture, pictures and paintings.”
In addition to Fort Hill, the Historic Properties maintains the Hanover House, located in the South Carolina Botanical Garden, as a historic house museum. The Historic Properties have been an advocate of campus-wide historic preservation and the director serves as a University liaison to the State Historic Preservation Office. The Historic Properties staff includes the director, an administrative assistant and four weekend guides. An Historic Properties Alumni Advisory Committee supports the goals of the department, including preservation planning for Hopewell: Home of General Andrew Pickens, known as the Cherry Farm house.