EASLEY — The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, Upstate Forever and
an Easley landowner joined forces to protect an upstate farm. This historic farmstead in Easley,
SC consists of many original 19th century structures and a farm house built in the 1840s. The
home was built by Easley’s first mayor and an early business leader in the area, R.E. Holcomb.
“Through the collaborative efforts of these visionary landowners, Palmetto Trust, and Upstate
Forever, this special place will always remain essentially as it is today” says Erin Knight, Upstate
Forever’s Land Trust Director. “That means that the scenic and historic values of this working
farm are protected forever as a significant wildlife habitat and frontage along George’s Creek.
Farms such as this one are critically important to the cultural heritage of their rural communities,
and now this one will always remain.”
“With the inclusion of this upstate farm, there are 87 conservation easements protected by
Upstate Forever, which total over 17,000 acres,” Knight adds.
“This project is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished when regional groups like
Upstate Forever combine efforts with The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation” says Michael
Bedenbaugh, Palmetto Trust’s Executive Director. Headquartered in Columbia and working
throughout the state, The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation is South Carolina’s only
statewide nonprofit that saves built environments. This joint project will protect both the historic
structures of the estate and the precious natural resources of the estate’s land. A showcase for the
town of Easley, this effort is a model to the upstate and South Carolina’s preservation efforts.
The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and
protecting the historic places of South Carolina through preservation advocacy, education and property
development. The Palmetto Trust is the states only statewide membership organization committed
exclusively to saving the built environment. For more information, visit www.palmettotrust.org, or
Based out of Greenville, Upstate Forever has three focused initiatives—a Nationally Accredited
Land Trust Program, Sustainable Communities Program, Clean Air & Water Program. Those
interested in supporting these initiatives can join at www.upstateforever.org.