Castle Pinckney is a 19th-century fort based in Charleston that sits undeveloped and in disrepair. It was the first Union fort to be seized by Confederates in the Civil War.
The State Ports Authority, which owns the site, just sold the historic landmark for $10 to the Sons of Confederate Veterans–a heritage group that preserves Confederate history and legacy. Sons of Confederate Veterans spokesperson Jeff Antley explains the intentions behind the buy.
The overall scope is to try to protect it, preserve it in the short-term, and to see what then all the parameters it takes to actually preserve the thing.
In 1958, the Ports Authority bought the site to dump silt dredged from the Charleston harbor, but never used it for that purpose. After several buys, Castle Pinckney was returned to the Ports Authority several times.
Antley says the heritage group will now make plans on how Castle Pinckney can best be preserved and viewed by all.
If you invest money and time and effort to preserve them and reclaim them, then somebody needs to enjoy and learn from it. Then, you get into the logistics on how people can go there and enjoy it safely and how do you protect the resource and all that stuff–before you invest the money in it.
Antley says they have to look at harbor issues, permitting issues and many more to discuss before investing thousands of dollars in redeveloping the site.