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Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

Opens in 30 min: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A Park With History

My wife and I decided to go there just to see a little bit of history in Summerville. As we... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
toms river, new jersey
Homeschool adventure

We absolutely love this park. It's full of history, open spaces and the river. A great place for... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Summerville, South Carolina
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300 State Park Rd, Summerville, SC 29485-8431
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I decided to go there just to see a little bit of history in Summerville. As we arrived we saw quite a few sheriffs cars there who were having daily training sessions with their k 9 dogs. They were very friendly and...More

Thank peter194940
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We absolutely love this park. It's full of history, open spaces and the river. A great place for family pictures!

Thank khassell1971
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very well maintained and tells an important part of South Carolina's history. I especially liked the signage and river views.

Thank guamfrank
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice small park. It is great for taking me time.It is nice to hear the river and even see wildlife.

Thank Happiness191482
Reviewed September 6, 2018

Fabulous place - and the ranger that I saw was so passionate about this! He said - imagine four blocks of downtown Charleston right here - and he waved his hand over this open area. That's what this place used to be. They are still...More

Thank pbear1952
Reviewed August 28, 2018

This was the site where, back in the mid 1600's, the British came up river to establish a community in Dorchester County. The river becomes too shallow past this point, so that is why it is there. Old evidence of tabby walls, remains of an...More

Thank alocalSummervilleSC
Reviewed August 18, 2018

My kids love this place. We go here all the time. My wife tries to get me to jog here every day. Just beautiful

Thank larryj54
Reviewed August 9, 2018

This is a lovely park, one of the smallest in South Carolina but it can hold its own among the other 46 park in the state. It is a historic site first of all, containing the ruins of a Revolutionary war era church…St. George’s Anglican...More

1  Thank MelonfromNY
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Good site for school history project. We made rubbings of sword slashes on grave slabs where soldiers tenderized their meat. The old fort walls made it easy to understand what a sallyport was.

Thank Nannypoppy4
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Very historic location with plenty of signage explaining the events of the time. The location on the river made it a strategic place for a gun powder magazine.

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Jeannine S
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Response from Ron J | Reviewed this property |
Admission is $2 for adults, $1.25 for seniors, and children under 15 are free. It is usually based on an "Honor" system of envelopes and a place to put them at the front gate. I have been there 3 times and have yet to ever... More