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9am-6pm, daily, during Daylight Saving Time. 9am-5pm, daily, the remainder of the year.


11 a.m. - noon, daily

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$3 adults; $1.50 SC seniors; $1 children age 6-15; age 5 & younger free

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Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around lodging facilities.

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Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site


Top 5 Things To Do

  1. See part of a log wharf visible at low tide on the Ashley River that was once used as a highway for a trading town. 
  2. Get a glimpse of a remarkably preserved past and tour the site of a former village.
  3. Explore the historic cemetery and the intact remains of the old brick bell tower of St. George’s Anglican Church
  4. See the fort, built in 1757, made of oyster shell concrete called tabby, the best-preserved tabby fortification in the nation.
  5. Embark on a journey through time where visitors can watch as archaeologists unearth the settlement’s history.


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