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Preservation Society buys Nassau Street cottage

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In 1892, an African American named Henry L. Small bought some land near the northern end of Nassau Street and built himself a modest home. By the fall of 2012, Small's house — every bit as historically significant as the mansions south of Broad Street — was in pretty bad shape. The house was sitting vacant, with gaps between the walls and the roof and a pile of wood scraps in the overgrown side yard. Finally, in December, the Preservation Society of Charleston spent $30,000 from the new Charleston Vernacular Revolving Fund to buy the cottage at 227 Nassau St. The Society's plan is to renovate the house and sell it to a first-time homebuyer
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