Landsford Canal  State Park
2051 Park DR | Catawba, SC 29704 | Phone: 803-789-5800 |

History & Interpretation


  • Programs and Guided Tours : Landsford Canal is a "DiscoverCarolina Site", which provides curriculum-based social studies and science education programs for South Carolina school children.

    Seasonal guided canoe trips, nature hikes and self-guided history tours are offered at the park. Check the programs and events listing of this website or contact the park for more information.

  • Education Center : The Lockkeeper’s House was relocated from Dearborne Island and restored for use as a museum.

    The house includes exhibits and displays on South Carolina canals and is open by appointment.

  • Museum : The park museum is the restored Great Falls Canal lock keepers house. It includes pictorial displays of the canal and its history and background. Archaeology findings from the mill site, uncovered in the 1970's is also on display at the museum. It is open by appointment only. Please contact the park to schedule.

  • Burial Sites and Cemeteries : An old, stone-walled cemetery is located on adjacent property owned by the SC Dept. of Natural Resources. Please contact the park for more information.

  • Native American History : A Daughters of the American Revolution marker is located on the park and marks the area as a historic and prehistoric ford crossing, that Native Americans used to cross the river also.

  • Revolutionary War History : The Lands Ford crossing was also used during the Revolutionary War. Both British and American troops under Cornwallis and Sumter crossed here before and after pivotal battles. A historical marker is located on the park denoting this use.

  • Civil War History : Lands Ford was also documented as being used during the Civil War. Some of Sherman's troops crossed at this location.

  • National Historic Landmark : Yes
  • Designation : National Register
  • When & How PRT Acquired : In 1970 , 194 acres in Chester County were donated by Duke Power Company (now Duke Energy). In 1989, 44 adjoining acres were acquired by land trade. In 1998, 210 acres were purchased in Lancaster County from Crescent Resources.