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Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

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Address: 300 State Park Rd, Summerville, SC 29485-8431
Phone Number: +1 843-873-1740
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lot of history

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Cuttler W
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Summerville, South Carolina
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Summerville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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21 reviews
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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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Thank Robin G
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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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Moncks Corner
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Very old oyster shell fort with remains of church. A bit of a ride from downtown, but worth it. It was first settled in 1676.

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

Dorchester dates back to 1697. It was abandoned at the start of the Revolutionary War. All that is left is the ruins of the St. George Church bell tower, the oyster-shell concrete walls of the fort (called tabby), and parts of the graveyard. It's a quiet, peaceful place to walk around. Bring a picnic lunch and spend some time among... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016

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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