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Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

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Address: 300 State Park Rd, Summerville, SC 29485
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+1 843-873-1740
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Not many people seem to visit, but I have taken visitors here. It is the original (unsuccessful) settlement in the area next to the Ashley River. If you like history, it's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 June 2016
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Summerville, South Carolina
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Summerville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Not many people seem to visit, but I have taken visitors here. It is the original (unsuccessful) settlement in the area next to the Ashley River. If you like history, it's definitely worth a stop. You need single dollar bills to do the self-pay in the envelope if you are there when there is no attendant. I've only seen an... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

A piece of history waiting for you. Located on the Ashey River ithe Park is perfect for a quiet walk as you explore and capture great shots of proud ruins of the Tabby Walled Fort and Church as you imagine the settlement of a lifetime ago. Take a blanket and book to relax or sit and watch the river run... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

This state park is a jewel if you love history and archeology. This is the location of an early SC settlement. The community survived for many years until the American Revolution and then it was eventually abandoned. The ruins are amazing.

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

We spent about an hour here, had a picnic lunch and walked around seeing the ruins of the fort and church. It's lovely down by the Ashley river. There are old gravestones and an archaeological dig of an old home in progress. It cost $2 per person.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

The walls that surrounded this colonial settlement were made from oyster shells in a cement mix known as tabby. Very interesting that they have been there more than 300 years! When we arrived in late afternoon, the park was busy with people walking their dogs and kids playing on the shady grounds. This place is definitely worth a stop for... More 

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Goose Creek, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

My son and I visited the park in February. Once you turn off Dorchester Hwy and are in the park you lose all sense of where you are. Easy to imagine what the site might have been like 200-300 years ago. Well worth the visit. Doesn't take more than 1 hour to walk around and read all of the signs.... More 

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Waycross
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

Colonial Dorchester is where we started our visit to South Carolina and it did not disappoint. We probably spent an hour following the path around the site, exploring the old fort, reading the signs, and checking out the bell tower and cemetery. There were even rangers on site actively digging. They seemed happy to explain what they were doing and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

Located probably some 12 minutes from I-26 on Dorchester Road, this is a self-serve historic site. It's a good place to go to let the kids burn some energy out and to see the river and some of the history of the old Dorchester fort. Some old relics available with some history information and Exhibits. No employees on site. Self... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

What a great place to visit. Such a unique find in Summerville. Its not expensive to take a family of 5 to visit.

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hanahan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

Wide open grassy areas and ruins with picnic spots along a shallow portion of the Ashley river right off Dorchester road

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