Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, Summerville

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Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site sits along the Ashley River, near the town of Summerville in Dorchester County, South Carolina. In 1969, the site was donated to the South Carolina State Park Service and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 2, 1969. Currently the site of a 325-acre park, Old Dorchester State Park offers visitors a glimpse into South Carolina's Colonial past. The park boasts one of the most well-preserved oyster-shell tabby forts in the country, St. George's Bell Tower, log shipping wharves, burial sites and cemeteries, as well as on-going archaeological digs that are still unearthing the settlement's history.
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  • Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site on Dorchester Road in Summerville is a well preserved colonial experience that is a worth a visit. I like the self guided tour that they have available and all....  more »
  • We recently moved to the area and had seen the sign from the road many times for this park. We decided to go and were very glad we did. One heads up, the entry fee is cash only and is in a drop box....  more »
  • This park is all about history. Where the colonial Dorchester site was. It was quite interesting to see where history was. Grave sites and a bell tower are there along with the walls of Fort Dorchester. There are picnic areas and trails. Also is a diorama of the village.
  • This was very cool to see! I really enjoyed trying to read all the old gravestones and the dates on them. It is a very quiet and nice little area!
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