What to do in Old Dorchester State Historic Site

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.

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

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

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.

300 State Park Road
Summerville, SC 29485

Phone: 843-873-1740

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