In 1986, shortly after the property was sold to developers, private citizens organized The Friends of Historic Snee Farm, a 501(c)(3) non-profit group, to protect the last remnant of Charles Pinckney's original Snee Farm. This community-based organization succeeded in securing congressional action to preserve the site. The National Park Service established Charles Pinckney National Historic Site on September 8, 1988. With significant financial assistance from the Friends, the NPS purchased the 28-acre site in 1990. The Friends have continued to provide input on broad management issues and assisted with special fund raising to enhance preservation and education efforts in the park.
Recently the Historic Friends of Snee Farm group was absorbed by the Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Trust
, the friends group for Charleston's national parks including Fort Sumter National Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.
The trust is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and utilizing these American treasures for the common good.
The Trust supports the National Park Service with privately-funded programs and activities beyond the resources of the NPS.