- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - The old federal courthouse in Beaufort will become a museum and the headquarters of a foundation working to preserve the early Spanish history of South Carolina.

The Beaufort Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1DWY2mr) that Beaufort County is finalizing an agreement with a foundation dedicated to telling the story of the 1562 Santa Elena settlement on Parris Island.

County officials say the proposed lease would allow the foundation to rent the building for $1 a month. The foundation would have to take over utility payments and a $40,000 yearly lease for nearby parking spaces.

The building is owned by the county but in recent years has been leased by the federal courts. It is one of 10 courthouses the federal government is closing across the county in order to save money.

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


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