Elizabeth Jenkins Young dead at 92

Elizabeth Jenkins Young, seen here in 2007, died Feb. 22. She was 92.

Grace Beahm

Long-time Charleston preservationist Elizabeth Jenkins Young, the city’s first female tour guide, passed away last night. She was 92.

Around Charleston, her stances in the name of preserving some of the city’s architecture is legendary, including standing in front of bulldozers about to raze historic buildings.

She also promised city and county officials, “If you tear it down, I’ll haunt you,” about more than one threatened house.

Young passed the city’s tour course and became a guide in 1952, a distinction she held actively for 51 years until health concerns prompted her to retire in 2003.

She was born at the historic Brick House Plantation on Edisto Island in 1919 and attended the College of Charleston.

Funeral arrangements are pending.