DEPP Frances Jones HouseThe Daufuskie Endangered Places Program has opened a GoFundMe account to preserve and restore historic homes on Daufuskie Island.  Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation is an organization that scouts out homes that need to be repaired on Daufuskie Island.

Organizers then lease the homes from the owners. They repair the homes and then rent them out to travelers visiting the island, which is off of the South Carolina coast. Once the organization has earned enough money from the accumulated rent to cover the cost of the repairs and other expenses, the homes and then returned to the owners.

A donation of at least $175 to the GoFundMe account can spend a night in a refurbished home and contribute to the Palmetto Trust’s efforts in restoring the homes and entitles the contributor to a one-night stay in a restored home on Daufuskie Island.

The rates apply to two renovated homes, the Frances Jones House or the Hinson-White/Lesesne House. The $175 per rate applies to the Frances Jones House, a two-bedroom, one bathroom home that was owned by Frances Jones, one of the leaders of the Gullah people and a teacher on the island.

People who contribute at least $230 for a single night’s stay can rent the Hinson-White/Lesesne house. This one-bedroom house has views of the low country and two porches.

The special rates end on May 25, 2015.