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Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

300 State Park Rd, Summerville, SC 29485-8431
+1 843-873-1740
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Interesting Site - Good for History Buffs

My husband and I visited this attraction shortly after moving to the area, and have returned to see... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gail E
Summerville, South Carolina
via mobile
Very interesting!!!

Great place to visit and appreciate history. Good field trip for homeschoolers and all people... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Patrick N
Summerville, South Carolina
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300 State Park Rd, Summerville, SC 29485-8431
+1 843-873-1740
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited this attraction shortly after moving to the area, and have returned to see it in spring and summer. The laid back vibe, old tabby fort, captivating story and church ruins make it a destination! Lovely plantings and foliage amid the...More

Thank Gail E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit and appreciate history. Good field trip for homeschoolers and all people. Recommend a visit !!!

Thank Patrick N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very worthwhile visit to see this early settlement with it's tabby walls and details of foundations as buildings were built around a central site and it's free

Thank Karen G
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Very historical but unless you're one to get in the dirt there is very little here. Some ruins and that's about it.

Thank Planefun601
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Nice park to walk around and view and read about history. Takes about 45-60 minutes to walk through depending on if you walk down to the water. I recommend this place.

Thank Jackie G
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Came here to see the eclipse,..beautiful location, nature, a historical walk to explain the old village that used to reside here..worth a visit if u are in the area..also near a river

Thank madiestan
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Located on the beautiful Ashley River.. This fort is well worth a visit! Cost is minimal and the history astounding. Gravestones from the 1700s.. the actual fort still stands as does the church the British burned also still standing! A MUST SEE!

Thank smdoodlelou
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This site is right down the road from where I live. Being new to the area, I thought I would check it out. It is a short, self guided tour through the original village of Dorchester. Home lots are marked out, as well as the...More

Thank Suzanne F
Reviewed 30 July 2017

No battles were fought here, but early trade on the Ashley River as Colonial Dorchester was a center of trade with a school house, tannery, tavern and a large marketplace. The remains of the bell tower is all that is left of the Georgian church...More

1  Thank William E
Reviewed 28 July 2017

We have been to Colonial Dorchester State Park on multiple occasions. The SC Parks website is excellent, and one of the tabs describes events taking place at the park. One of these events that takes place from time to time is the archeology tour. During...More

Thank Anthony P
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Jeannine S
5 June 2016|
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Response from Ron J | Reviewed this property |
Admission is $2 for adults, $1.25 for seniors, and children under 15 are free. It is usually based on an "Honor" system of envelopes and a place to put them at the front gate. I have been there 3 times and have yet to ever... More