Main Street South Carolina has recognized Nancy Cave of Manning with the 2019 Main Street South Carolina Outstanding Downtown Service Award.
The award recognizes an elected official, appointed public official, resident or organization who contributes leadership, vision and support to downtown revitalization efforts beyond the normal call of duty.
Although she is originally from Virginia, Nancy Cave adopted Clarendon County as her home after her late husband's retirement, and has come to serve as a tireless advocate for the appreciation of her community's history and its tourism efforts. As the retired archivist of the Clarendon County Archives and History Center and an original Design Committee member of Main Street Manning, Cave received the Manning Main Street Hero award in 2018.
As an archivist, she has provided a wealth of knowledge of the commercial district and the wider community for Main Street Manning. She served as an invaluable resource in providing historic images of downtown buildings for the architect who performs the design work for Main Street Manning's façade grants.
Cave has also contributed text for Manning's self-guided historic district walking tour brochure. She has provided support for many Main Street Manning events, including helping with the research and organization of a historic residential district walking tour event. She served as co-chair for the project to bring the Smithsonian Institution's travelling exhibit, Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, to Manning. In addition to the Smithsonian, the effort required coordination with the SC Humanities Council and local committees.
Beyond her volunteer work for Main Street Manning, Cave volunteers with the Clarendon County Historical Society Museum, Francis Marion Living History Days and her church.
"Nancy shows her support for Manning in everything that she does," said Jenny Boulware, Main Street SC manager.
Main Street SC is a program of the Municipal Association of South Carolina. It empowers residents, business owners and local officials with the knowledge, skills, tools and organizational structure necessary to revitalize their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts into vibrant centers of commerce and community.
Main Street SC follows the National Main Street's Four Point Approach — economic vitality, design, promotion and organization. Each year, Main Street South Carolina recognizes members' achievements and successes in downtown revitalization. For more information, visit the Municipal Association's website at www.masc.sc (keyword: Inspiration Awards).