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Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

300 State Park Rd, Summerville, SC 29485-8431
+1 843-873-1740
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Time stands still

Located on the beautiful Ashley River.. This fort is well worth a visit! Cost is minimal and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Interesting for a short stop

This site is right down the road from where I live. Being new to the area, I thought I would check... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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300 State Park Rd, Summerville, SC 29485-8431
+1 843-873-1740
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located on the beautiful Ashley River.. This fort is well worth a visit! Cost is minimal and the history astounding. Gravestones from the 1700s.. the actual fort still stands as does the church the British burned also still standing! A MUST SEE!

Thank smdoodlelou
Reviewed 1 week ago

This site is right down the road from where I live. Being new to the area, I thought I would check it out. It is a short, self guided tour through the original village of Dorchester. Home lots are marked out, as well as the...More

Thank Suzanne F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No battles were fought here, but early trade on the Ashley River as Colonial Dorchester was a center of trade with a school house, tannery, tavern and a large marketplace. The remains of the bell tower is all that is left of the Georgian church...More

Thank William E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to Colonial Dorchester State Park on multiple occasions. The SC Parks website is excellent, and one of the tabs describes events taking place at the park. One of these events that takes place from time to time is the archeology tour. During...More

Thank Anthony P
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Saw re enactment here in full costume of British side in civil war.marching, old dentistry, medicines of that time, women's pastimes such as sewing arts.

Thank margaret r
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Nice little park right at the Ashley River. Not much to see but very nice setting. Have exact cash for parking... must place in an envelope.

1  Thank pinky227
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Stopped by Old Fort Dorchester for a day of exploring and a picnic . Nice place to go to get away from the rat race and relax . Lots of old ruins and historical facts with the Ashley River right beside the park .

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Beauty of the town. One should take time to visit. Amazing. Family people loves it. Thanks to the Beautiful Nature

Thank saisriorl
Reviewed 28 June 2017

If you have not visited here, you are not likely to know the story of this part of the world. It is a hidden treasure that is full of actually hidden treasurer, a whole colonial town once stood here and it has not been built...More

Thank W7356DIjerryc
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Colonial Dorchester State Park is a great place to take kids or a family outing. The tabby wall fort is an example of colonial fortification during the revolutionary war and the bell tower is all that remains of the old church. It's an active archiological...More

Thank twowingcircus2
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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