Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

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Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

South Carolina

(843) 873-1740

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The Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site is an archeological treasure that has been popular for being a very informative historical and cultural touring center. The Historic site is found on the site of Dorchester, a trading town that blossomed during the Revolutionary War. Guests can tour the remains of the old town, which still remain in good shape, such as the brick bell tower of St. George's Anglican Church. This church was a fort made of the oyster-shell concrete called tabby, and part of a log wharf visible at low tide. The town was abandoned after the Revolutionary War, but the surrounding forest and Community Park still kept the site intact. Village life remained untouched, and is still available for visitors to experience. The Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site allows guests the chance to watch as archaeologists expose the settlement's history. There is something for everyone at this archeological site.

Map of Colonial Dorchester (SC)

Latitude, Longitude: 32.949359, -80.170136



  • Hiking

    A kiosk and interpretive trail offer exhibits and waysides on the history of the village and the process of discovery through archaeological and historical research.

  • Historic Sites

    Visitors can observe and even participate in archaeological digs revealing well-preserved building foundations, street systems and other evidence of colonial life in the old town.


Office Hours run from 11:00 a.m. to 12: 00 p.m. Days and Hours of Operation run from Mon-Sun 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.



From I-26: Take exit 199-A. Travel 3 mi on Hwy 17 through downtown Summerville to Hwy 165. Turn left onto Hwy. 165/E. Carolina Ave. Stay in right lane and travel .5 miles and veer right and continue on Hwy. 165/Bacons Bridge Rd. Travel 2.5 mi to Hwy 642/Dorchester Rd. Travel 2 mi. and park entrance will be on the right.

Phone Numbers


(843) 873-1740