Visit Us

Visit Us

HOURS:

The SCHS Archives in the Addlestone Library (research):
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at our new location on the 3rd floor of the Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston. 

The SCHS Headquarters at the Fireproof Building (administrative):
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To access items in the SCHS Tower Collection (housed in the Fireproof Building), please contact our processing archivist, Karen Stokes. Please note that we request notification at least two business days in advance of your intended visit.

In addition to items in the Tower Collection, SCHS also maintains a small library of books relating to South Carolina history and culture on site at the Fireproof Building. Visitors are welcome, but advance notice of your arrival is also much appreciated.

LOCATION:

The South Carolina Historical Society’s headquarters is located in the Fireproof Building at the southeast corner of Meeting and Chalmers Streets (100 Meeting Street).

The South Carolina Historical Society Archives is located on the third floor of the Addlestone Library on the campus of the College of Charleston. (205 Calhoun Street).

CLOSURES: SCHS headquarters may be closed or its hours altered in the event of federal holidays, special programs, or weather emergencies.  Although the SCHS headquarters may be closed, the collection may still be available for research in the SCHS Reading Room in the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library. Please confirm before planning your visit.

2015 SCHS Headquarter’s Closings:

Monday, January 19 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 16 President’s Day
April 3-6 Easter
Monday, May 25 Memorial Day
Friday, July 3 Independence Day
Monday, September 7 Labor Day
Monday, October 12 Columbus Day
Wednesday, November 11 Veterans Day
November 25-29 Thanksgiving
December 23- January 3 Winter Holidays

DIRECTIONS:
FIREPROOF BUILDING: Follow Interstate 26 east to the end and take the Meeting St./Visitor Info exit. Turn right onto Meeting Street and continue for approximately 1.5 miles. The Fireproof Building, headquarters of the South Carolina Historical Society, will be on the left at the corner of Meeting and Chalmers Streets, one block north of Broad Street. Find us using MapQuest or Google Maps.

ARCHIVES & LIBRARY: Follow Interstate 26 east to the end and take the Meeting St./Visitor Info exit. Turn right onto Meeting Street. Turn right onto Calhoun Street at Marion Square. The Addlestone Library will be on the left at the corner of Coming and Calhoun Streets.

PARKING:
The SCHS Fireproof Building does not have its own parking facility. Metered street parking is available in the surrounding area, and the city operates several public parking garages in the vicinity. Parking is also available in the Charleston County Garage on the right side of Meeting Street just past Hibernian Hall.

The SCHS Archives in the Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston are located in close proximity to a variety of parking options. Click here for a diagram of parking facilities nearby.

GROUPS: Group visits to the Fireproof Building must be arranged in advance. If you have a large group interested in visiting the archive, we also appreciate some advance notice so that we might make your visit as productive and engaging as possible.

ACCESSIBILITY:
The South Carolina Historical Society headquarters welcomes visitors with physical or mobility limitations. However, our main entrance is currently located on the main level of the historic Fireproof Building and the building does not have an elevator. If you have a handicap that prohibits you from climbing our staircases, please contact a member of our staff in advance of your visit to make an appointment.

The South Carolina Historical Society Archives in the Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston is fully accessible. Please contact us should you have questions.

RESTROOMS: There is a patron restroom on the ground floor of the Fireproof Building. Persons contemplating a visit to the Fireproof building should be aware that the path from the main floor down to the restroom involves the use of a circular stone staircase. If this path presents a barrier to you, please contact us in advance of your visit to make special arrangements.