The Pendleton Historic Foundation was founded in 1960 to save the historic house at Woodburn at a time when its future was in peril. While funds were being raised to restore Woodburn, Mead Paper Company donated Ashtabula and 10 acres to the Foundation to protect it from an uncertain future as well. The Foundation now owns and operates two of the largest Upcountry plantation houses as house museums for the enjoyment and education of visitors of all ages.
The Ashtabula Historic House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and is a site on the SC National Heritage Corridor.
Mission Statement: The Pendleton Historic Foundation is an IRS 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of historic properties in Pendleton and the interpretation of the diverse history and cultural heritage of the area.