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Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

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Address: 300 State Park Rd, Summerville, SC 29485
Phone Number: (843) 873-1740
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Beautiful

I love taking pictures at the park. Great scenery, and history to go along with it. The no seeum gnats were really out in full force one day. They forced us to go.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
mhammel07
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Summerville, South Carolina
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Summerville, South Carolina
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53 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love taking pictures at the park. Great scenery, and history to go along with it. The no seeum gnats were really out in full force one day. They forced us to go.

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South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We learned a lot and got a great view of the Ashley river! Plus, the park is beautiful! Our kids enjoyed running on the open grassy areas and learning some history behind the area!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The site of Old Dorchester is a beautiful, natural area along the Ashley River which thrived for a short time when the river was a natural trade artery down to Charleston. The old tabby fort and model of the community under Plexiglas were particularly interesting.

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Ladson, South Carolina
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth the $2.00 daily admission to visit a historic fort and ruins. The park is situated on the banks of the Ashley river and very scenic.

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Lugoff, South Carolina
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50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I lived in Charleston in the early 70's, my dad use to take us kids to visit all the historical sites in and around Charleston SC. So while we were visiting for our anniversary I took my husband to a few places. But this was one of my favorites as a kid. It has a wall that is still standing... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For those looking for the WOW factor, don't expect it here. It is truly an unimproved historical site.

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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

My son and his bride got married here in a simple ceremony at the bell tower. We've been coming to Ft Dorchester for over 50 years and it's the perfect spot for most anything even a wedding. We were able to hold the reception at Wescott Park just 3 miles down the road. Park staff was most helpful and this... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This is a little park with ruins of the old building on the banks of the Ashley River. Just neat to see how and where people live when our town was first settling.

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Summerville, South Carolina
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Not many people seem to visit, but I have taken visitors here. It is the original (unsuccessful) settlement in the area next to the Ashley River. If you like history, it's definitely worth a stop. You need single dollar bills to do the self-pay in the envelope if you are there when there is no attendant. I've only seen an... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina, United States
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

A piece of history waiting for you. Located on the Ashey River ithe Park is perfect for a quiet walk as you explore and capture great shots of proud ruins of the Tabby Walled Fort and Church as you imagine the settlement of a lifetime ago. Take a blanket and book to relax or sit and watch the river run... More 

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