- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - A foundation dedicated to preserving the early Spanish history of South Carolina wants the old Beaufort federal courthouse for a museum.

The Beaufort Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1pjMMsu ) the Santa Elena Foundation has sent a proposal to Beaufort County to use the building for its offices and exhibits. The foundation is working to preserve the history of the 1562 Santa Elena settlement on Parris Island.

The building is owned by the county but in recent years has been leased by the federal courts for $1 million a year for a courthouse. It is one of 10 that the federal government is closing across the county in order to save money.

The U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services System office is still in the courthouse but will move in a few months.

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Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, https://www.beaufortgazette.com

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