- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina effort to attract tourists to less-visited areas of the state will help preserve a freedman’s cottage in Beaufort County.

A $200,000 Undiscovered South Carolina grant from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism will be used to rehabilitate the historic Garvin House in Bluffton which was constructed around 1870.

It’s the earliest known home built by a freed slave on the May River.

The City of Bluffton announced that the preservation work will include stabilizing the structure, building a new foundation and roof and replacing damaged supports.

The state agency began the Undiscovered South Carolina campaign two years ago.

Tourism is an $18 billion industry in South Carolina.

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This story has been corrected to show that tourism is an $18 billion industry in South Carolina.

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