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Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

300 State Park Rd, Summerville, SC 29485
(843) 873-1740
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Ranked #2 of 18 Attractions in Summerville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
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Summerville, South Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

If you are a history buff, this is your place. Full of facts, walking trail, on the river...beauty everywhere.

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Charleston, SC
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is right off Dorchester road amidst the hub bub... and probably most of its inhabitants haven't been here. A great detour for a local fun history lesson. Dig going on know. Will need to check that out again!

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Summerville, South Carolina
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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a great place to relax, have a picnic, go fishing, or even learn parts of history. My kids love adventuring in the ruins and fishing here. This is just a fun relaxing place in such a busy part of town, but you would never know it. Must go and take a blanket...;-)

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Summerville, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We went here because we were curious, but unfortunately it did not have much that sparked our interest. A few land markers, some old graves, and the partial ruins of what used to be a for and a church. The Ashley River is pretty to look at, but an hour is all you will need at most to wander around... More

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We are trying to visit all 47 of SC's state parks this year. So far we have been to 17. We very much enjoyed this site. It was a brief visit. We walked around the area, read the educational signages and looked out at the Ashley River and imagined how the defenses would have been. I always enjoy touring old... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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29 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

There's not a ton to see, but it's scenic and peaceful (and cheap). They are working on some digs of the original settlement and the workers will talk to you about all the details.

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Texas
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22 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

The church ruins can be viewed without paying a fee. The fort is within the fee area. We took time to see both. It was interesting to see how well the property is now cared for versus when my grandparents visited in 1958 before it became an official historic site. Well worth a quick stop.

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Summerville, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Colonial Dorchester is now an archaeological site which rumor has it will rival colonial Williamsburg when the dig is completed. A very peaceful place

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Summerville, South Carolina, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a quiet and interesting place. From the old tabby walls of Fort Dorchester to the church tower standing alone among the graves, this is a great place to get away from the busy street scene. There is a picnic area, walking trails, and the Ashley River flowing beside the trails. The remnants of the old fort are very... More

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Summerville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Ashley Chapman is an outstanding guide and very knowledgeable with regards to the settlement itself and the life in colonial times

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