Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston: Hours, Address, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site Reviews: 4.5/5

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A historic village recreating the life and times of America's early settlers.
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suMountainLover
Indianapolis, IN153 contributions
Better than plantations
Jul 2021 • Family
Loved this one the most in our entire trip.
We're history buffs so museum itself took us 2.5 hours.
The best part was replica of a cargo ship, kids loved going on a real ship (It's a small one but still pretty cool)
The zoo inside is just enough to keep kids interested..
Lots of insta worth photo spots, but if you're wearing hills n pretty dress, pack sneakers bcz it's lots of walking..
Written October 15, 2021
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Linda5jwink
Charleston, SC1,909 contributions
My Favorite Place in West Ashley
Oct 2021 • Solo
Peaceful nature, and history too. I like to ride my bike here, but you could certainly walk around and enjoy it even more. The animal forest (natural habitat zoo) is only accessible on foot, and you need to dismount your bike if you want to tour the Adventurer, the replica 1600s sailing ship. You can rent bikes if you don't have yours.
There are places to picnic, a large parking lot, and incredible five hundred or more year old live oak trees. Plenty of information, and a small museum in the visitors center which is nicely done.
I've seen lots of waterfowl, but also a big gator lazing in the sun, and once a dolphin feeding in Old Towne Creek.
Written October 14, 2021
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Magma5
Havelock86 contributions
Excellent State Park/Historical Site
Oct 2021
Worth every dime of the entry fee ($12/adult). We spent 2.5 hours here and could have spent more, and your ticket will allow you to leave and return. My husband's favorite was the boat replica that you can tour. My favorite was coming across an archaeological dig in progress. We were encouraged to watch and ask questions. I also love they have a little zoo section.
Written October 6, 2021
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rockingtheboat
Allport, PA10 contributions
Loved it!
Apr 2021
Can't tour the house but the property is beautiful and worth the time and price. I've been there twice now and will be back.
Written September 29, 2021
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Star N
Greenville, SC290 contributions
Room to roam!
Sep 2021
Love the walkways, views, and wide open spaces for kids and adults to stroll, learn about history or sit on a bench. If you have a State Parks pass a must SEE! Go!
Written September 18, 2021
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,275 contributions
Original site of the first permanent English settlement in South Carolina
Sep 2021
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, located at 1500 Old Towne Road in Charleston, South Carolina, in the West Ashley neighborhood, preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the Carolinas. In 1670, English settlers landed on a marshy point off the Ashley River and established the Carolina colony. Archaeologists began digging at the site in 1967 and continue through the present day, uncovering Native American, English and African artifacts. In 1970, the 664-acre site was opened to the public to commemorate South Carolina's tricentennial. It features an exhibit hall, rental facility, a natural habitat zoo, miles of trails, archaeological excavations, dozens of picnic tables, a replica tall ship and six fireable replica cannons. The Experimental Crop Garden showcases crops planted by early colonists for food and profit. The Fortified Area features a reconstructed palisade wall and earthworks that colonists used to defend against an attack by the Spanish or their Native American allies. The American Forest is home to species indigenous to the Carolinas in the 1670s, including black bear, bison, bobcat, puma, North American river otter, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, egret and brown pelican. Board the Adventure, a replica of a 17th century trading vessel that is docked in Old Towne Creek, and imagine sailing between South Carolina and Barbados with goods for trade. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969.
Written September 14, 2021
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sc40sumthin
Greenville, SC762 contributions
Beautiful park!
Jul 2021
Beautiful park! Nice trails. The audio tour is worth the $5 charge. Stanley offered exceptional customer service going above and beyond to answer our questions and be helpful on our first visit to this park.
Written August 2, 2021
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Katherine S
3 contributions
Best place in Charleston
Jul 2021 • Solo
Such a lovely site. They have the best Visitor Center in the area. I learned a lot about the early history of the area.
Written July 30, 2021
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pjp0well
4 contributions
Fascinating history!
Jul 2021
Prior to this trip I didn't realize Charleston had actually started somewhere other than where is currently sits! This is the original site of the settlement. The Animal Habitat Zoo is definitely worth the visit! The settlement and the sailing ketch, The Adventure, were worth the walk as well!
Written July 22, 2021
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jlantern3
Columbia, SC11,187 contributions
What a History Gem!
Jul 2021
Been years since I was here- still a fantastic place to visit.The drive in to the parking was beautiful. Lanscaped park that is laid out wonderfully. The small zoo was nice=the bear was active, puma was larger than I thought and the Bison were beautiful. The replica cannons, village and ship were fantstic- helps one to step back in time. The mansion on the property was stunning. I must say, my favorite is the museum/history center. Helps explain the story of the settlement. Clean restrooms and a nice gift shop. A must stop for history buffs
Written July 5, 2021
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