Colonial Dorchester Self-Guided Walking Tour

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  • Walk


0.5 miles


Round Trip


Paved, Natural

Difficulty: Easy

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  • Pets
  • Fee
  • No Camping


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.

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In 1697, a group of Congregationalists sailed from Massachusetts to settle in Carolina. The town they created here along the Ashley River served as a center of trade for a hundred years, only to be abandoned after the Revolutionary War.

Today, scattered ruins and building foundations remain to mark the site, but deeds, wills, letters, diaries, and ongoing archaeological research provide us with a glimpse of what life was like here so long ago.

Click here for the Self-Guided Walking Tour brochure.


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. Turn Left at intersection of bacons Bridge Road and Dorchester Road. Travel 2 mi. and park entrance will be on the right.

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Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site | 300 State Park Road, Summerville, SC 29485 | (843) 873-1740 | Email

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