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Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

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Address: 300 State Park Rd, Summerville, SC 29485-8431
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+1 843-873-1740
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Johnstown revisited

If you have visited historic Johnstown on the James River near Williamsburg, Virginia, you'll enjoy a visit to the Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site in Summerville, South... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Interesting morning walk. Very nice grounds. Good historic information. Nice views of the upper Ashley River. You can reasonably spend an hour or so taking in the history. Nice for a small historic site.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have visited historic Johnstown on the James River near Williamsburg, Virginia, you'll enjoy a visit to the Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site in Summerville, South Carolina, on the Ashley River outside of Charleston. A 325-acre park, it offers visitors a glimpse into South Carolina's Colonial past, where the town of Dorchester once stood, on a neck of land... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for a picnic. Bring a chair or enjoy the picnic area. Sit beside the Ashley River. Small area of history with a small cemetery. $2 for adults.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting...But need more on site information. There needs to be a flyer or something to explain what the town looked like.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This park is not huge, but has a lovely picnic area, limited walking trails and some historical ruins that might interest folks. It is situated on the Ashley River which makes for a lovely view. The entrance fee is $2 for adults, and is well worth it for an afternoon of peace and quiet.

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Summerville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

Nice place to visit with old ruins and stone work.Great learning for kids,very nice quite historic site with markers.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

It's a very well maintained historic site. We took a quiet stroll around the property observing the everything from the old church bell tower, to the market plots, and the river bank. While my children weren't with us, I can imagine them getting bored quite quickly as there's not a lot of "wow" factor that they would appreciate. There are... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

Nice place for a picnic or to let the kids run around. The old Fort is interesting and the setting is pretty.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

We went here with our nieces and nephew (ages 3-11) and everyone enjoyed it. There isn't much to see, but it is very peaceful and inexpensive.

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Summerville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Nice for a short sight seeing trip. On the river, with interesting facts. Great for out of towers as well. Learn about what drew settlers here, their building and out earthquake events.

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