Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site
300 State Park RD | Summerville, SC 29485 | Phone: 843-873-1740 | colonialdorchester@scprt.com
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Introduction


From 1697 until the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the trading town of Dorchester flourished along the Ashley River, inland from colonial Charleston. Today, Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site’s remarkably preserved archaeological remains give visitors a peek into the early history of colonial South Carolina.

Abandoned at the start of the Revolutionary War, the town of Dorchester has all but disappeared, leaving only a handful of original structures remaining. Visitors can stand below the towering remains of the brick bell tower of St. George’s Anglican Church, catch a glimpse of a log wharf during low tide or view the fort made of an oyster-shell concrete called tabby.

Today, visitors to Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site can watch as archaeologists unearth the settlement’s history. Together with abundant historical records from colonial Charleston, the site is helping to paint a clearer picture of life in colonial South Carolina and the rest of the American South.

Want to see more South Carolina parks? Learn more about the history of South Carolina at Charles Town Landing or try lakefront camping at Hamilton Branch State Park!

HOURS AND ADMISSION

  • Admission : $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free
  • Days and Hours of Operation : 9am-6pm, daily, during Daylight Saving Time. 9am-5pm, daily, the remainder of the year.
  • Office Hours : 11am-noon, daily

PETS

  • Pets : Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around lodging facilities.