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


11am-noon, daily

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$2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & 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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1 oyster-shell concrete tabby fort, the best-preserved tabby fortification in the country

1 old brick bell tower of St. George's Anglican Church

1 historical cemetery of St. George's Parrish

1 old log shipping wharf remains that are visible at low tide

1 interpretive trail with kiosks and exhibits to explain the history of the village once there

1 huge archaeological treasure waiting to be uncovered

325 acres just waiting to be unearthed

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.