For more information on specific properties, please call 843-398-4000 Ext. 108. To see if your property is located in one of these districts, call 843-398-4029.
The City of Darlington has the following historic districts.
St. John’s Historic District includes portions of Orange Street, Park Street, St. John's Street, and Sanders Street. 63 properties are located in the district with 55 listed as contributing properties to the historic district and 8 listed as non-contributing.
Cashua-Spring Streets Historic District includes portions of Cashua and Spring Streets. 39 properties contributing to the district and 12 listed as non-contributing.
Darlington Industrial Historic District includes portions of Avenue A, East Broad Street, and Railroad Avenue. 13 properties are contributing to the district and 3 are non-contributing.
West Broad Street Historic District includes portions of West Broad Street. 36 properties are contributing to the district and 4 are non-contributing.
Darlington Downtown Historic District includes portions of the Public Square, South Main Street, Pearl Street, Exchange Street, and Ward Street. 17 properties are contributing to the district and 5 are non-contributing.
Historic Preservation Tax Incentives
Preserving historic buildings helps our town keep its character and charm. There are several federal and state tax credits and incentives available for property owners who choose to rehabilitate their buildings and keep those historic features. The Build Up Darlington program held a seminar about those incentives. See the presentation here.
These credits are available for commercial, industrial, and residential properties. Get the State Historic Preservation Office involved early in the process for the best chance at getting your project approved. Visit the office online at http://shpo.sc.gov/programs/tax/Pages/default.aspx or call Dan Elswick at (803) 896-6174.
You can read more about the tax credits in this brochure created by the National Park Service here.
You can find copies of all three parts of the application, including the instructions, online at http://www.nps.gov/tps/tax-incentives/application.htm.
Considering improvements to your historic home?
If you are in one of the City's historic districts OR your home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, you will need approval from the Historic Landmarks Commission prior to making any changes. Submit an Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness, and staff will schedule a meeting for the commission to review your request. Download the form here (PDF). The fee for this application is $65, payable to City of Darlington, at the time of application. This covers the cost of notification and advertisement of the meeting as required by state law.
If you are not making any changes to your historic property but simply need to make repairs or paint, submit an Application for a Certificate of No Effect prior to beginning work. Download the form here (PDF). There is no fee for this application.
For both applications, supporting data (sketches, drawings, photo or snapshot, architect’s plans, site plan, etc.) must be submitted.