Prepare General Management Plan
Reconstruction Era National Historical Park was designated a national monument on January 12, 2017, to recognize the role Beaufort County, South Carolina, played in shaping the historic period of Reconstruction. In March 2019, the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (Public Law 116-9) redesignated the park from a national monument to a national historical park, expanded the park boundary, and created the Reconstruction Era National Historic Network, to be administered by the park. The nationwide Reconstruction Era National Historic Network includes sites and programs affiliated with the Reconstruction era, but which the National Park Service does not necessarily manage. The act also authorized the National Park Service to expand the boundary of the park within the Beaufort National Historic Landmark District and on Saint Helena Island and to accept administrative jurisdiction from the US Navy at Camp Saxton. The park's GMP will include guidance for the future management of the redesignated national historical park and criteria for future boundary expansions.
The National Park Service has limited land ownership within the park boundary, and partnerships are critical to sharing the story of the Reconstruction era. Consultation and coordination among partner organizations and key stakeholders will be vitally important to this planning process, and successful implementation of the park's future general management plan will depend on continued coordinated efforts with partners.
Scott Teodorski, (803) 767-0534
As a new unit of the national park system, Reconstruction Era National Historical Park is developing a comprehensive general management plan (GMP), a broad document that identifies the park's long-term goals and guides visitor experience, management, park facilities development, and park operations for the next 20 years and beyond. Please visit this site often to learn of the park's progress with this planning effort and opportunities to provide input.