Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, Summerville

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Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site sits along the Ashley River, near the town of Summerville in Dorchester County, South Carolina. In 1969, the site was donated to the South Carolina State Park Service and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 2, 1969. Currently the site of a 325-acre park, Old Dorchester State Park offers visitors a glimpse into South Carolina's Colonial past. The park boasts one of the most well-preserved oyster-shell tabby forts in the country, St. George's Bell Tower, log shipping wharves, burial sites and cemeteries, as well as on-going archaeological digs that are still unearthing the settlement's history.HistoryThe historic site is situated on the Ashley River where the town of Dorchester once stood. The site of the town of Dorchester is on a neck of land between the Ashley River and Dorchester Creek, originally known as Boshoe Creek.FoundingIn 1675, John and Mary Smith came to Carolina from England. On November 20, 1676 the Earl of Shaftsbury granted 1,800 acres of land to John Smith, which included the future Dorchester site. John Smith's land grant was situated on Boshoe Creek, in Boshoe Swamp; subsequently, he became known as "John Smith of Boo-shoo." In December 1682, John Smith died and his widow married Arthur Middleton, and when he died in 1684, she married Ralph Izard. Because John Smith had no children, his land grant lapsed after he died and ownership of the land went to the state.
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  • The walk through this site is wonderful. You can see part of the original establishment, the location of the market area(complete with a map), church ruins with cemetery, and where the small bridge us...  more »
  • We were new to the area and interested in history. This was a great 3-4 hour self guided tour that was well planned and informative. Pay by envelope at the entrance and hang the pass on your rear view...  more »
  • Have been to Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site several times. It is so peaceful with an expansive piece of land for children to burn off some energy. Old historic building remnants for you to lo...  more »
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  • I got married here a few days ago. It is beautiful. Not many people go there either. It's just a little small, but it would be great for photos and picnics
  • Nice quiet place, very historical and picturesque. Great place for photography, has water views, has a $2 dollar entrance/ donation fee, great places for running and or a picnic. There are picnic tables available, bathrooms, water fountain and parking. Ranger station at the head of the park.
  • It's peaceful and quiet. It a nice walk looking at our history. You can have picnics there. It's changed alittle since I was a kid. Plan to take my kids there.
  • Beautiful state park. $2 admission. They have lots of picnic tables for lunch. Great views of the water and nice walking trails.
  • It's a wonderful park. There's a $2 entry fee. The small fee gives you access to a great historical park with a large open field for kickball, wiffleball, frisbee, or anything else you can think of (as long as it doesn't require sticking something in the ground; i.e. tent stakes, horse shoe pole). There is an area with picnic tables and restrooms, also great views of the Ashley River, an old fort, and church steeple.
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