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Old Dorchester State Historic Site
Copyright: - South Carolina Dept of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Old Dorchester State Historic Site
Description - This historic park is the site of a Colonial village founded in 1697 by a group representing the Congregational Church of Dorchester, Massachusetts. Attractions at this 325-acre park today include the site of the c. 1757 tabby fort, ongoing archaeological excavations of the village, the tower of St. George's Parish Church and a small outdoor kiosk explaining the history of Dorchester and the upper Ashley River area. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The park offers interpretive kiosk exhibits on the history of St. George, White Church Place, life on upper Ashley River, and the settlement of Dorchester. Enjoy fishing in Ashley River for fresh and saltwater species. Private boat access to the Ashley River is 1/2 mile from park.

Recreation - The park offers opportunities for viewing the historic and archaeologic sites, fishing, boating, and picnicking.

Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

Location - Old Dorchester is located northwest of Charleston on SC Highway 642 and 4 miles south of Summerville via SC Highway 165.

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Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: it was the bomb thanks for all the help

Filed By: Russ
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: A bit steep on their entry fees of $3.00 per person for a small historic park and a few areas to walk around. However, it does still have a couple interesting structures and historic digs of the past. The fort walls are still standing along with part of an old church. Worth a trip but then I love the park system.

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Contact Information:
Old Dorchester, 300 State Park Road , Summerville, SC, 29485, Phone: 843-873-1740

Additional Information:
Lowcountry Region - The Lowcountry Region of South Carolina includes the Atlantic coast and the coastal plain. It covers the area south and east from Sumter.
South Carolina State Parks - The South Carolina State Parks stretch from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic coast. They offer a huge variety of sites and possible recreation activities.
South Carolina's Historic Sites -


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