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“History lesson on the Ashley”

Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site
Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Summerville
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Summerville, South Carolina
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“History lesson on the Ashley”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Colonial Dorchester is now an archaeological site which rumor has it will rival colonial Williamsburg when the dig is completed. A very peaceful place

Visited March 2014
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English first
Summerville, South Carolina, United States
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227 reviews
135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“A spotlight on Dorchester history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a quiet and interesting place. From the old tabby walls of Fort Dorchester to the church tower standing alone among the graves, this is a great place to get away from the busy street scene. There is a picnic area, walking trails, and the Ashley River flowing beside the trails. The remnants of the old fort are very interesting too. Lots of good photo opportunities here. Best time to visit is early spring, fall and winter.

Visited February 2014
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Summerville, South Carolina
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Walking through History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Ashley Chapman is an outstanding guide and very knowledgeable with regards to the settlement itself and the life in colonial times

Visited April 2013
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Frankfort, Illinois
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“Awesome colonial history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

It was like stepping back in time to the Colonial days. The old tabby walls that surround what remains of the powder storage building are remarkably in good shape being made of clay & oyster shells over 200 years old. There is an excavated foundation of one of the homes in the town so you can see just how large or small the rooms and doorways were. We observed two groups working on separate excavations. One on a house foundation on the edge of the town green and the other closer to the river. The team working on the house foundation found a piece of shot and a pipe stem while we were there. There was a State Archeologist on site that day to answer our questions and give us information about the historic town. It’s a self paced tour of the town so you can spend as long or as little time there as you want. We saw many people and families just out for a stroll on this beautiful fall day. Read many reviews that spoke of the mosquitoes. Not a problem in late October.

Visited October 2013
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Saint George
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75 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Very unique place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

We went to Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site many times. We have gone with groups for picnics, with boy scouts on a tour, on field trips with school groups and just because. It is a great place to go with children because they can get out and run around. The tabby walls of the fort are very interesting to see and the remains of the old church are close by. I would recommend this nice little park to anyone.

Visited August 2013
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