Great Guns on the Ashley (Artillery Demonstration)

At Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

Feel the ground shake beneath your feet and smell the brimstone as the Charles Towne Militia fires replica, 17th-century cannons. Charles Towne, established on the edge of England’s North American empire, faced many threats, especially from England’s longstanding rival: Spain. Wary of a Spanish attack, the English colonists came heavily armed and formed a provincial militia for the defense of Carolina. This 20-minute program explores the Spanish threat, Charles Towne’s fortifications, and the citizen-soldiers who protected the early colony.


  • June 3, 2023, 1:00 PM - 3:20 PM
  • July 1, 2023, 1:00 PM - 3:20 PM
  • September 2, 2023, 1:00 PM - 3:20 PM
  • October 7, 2023, 1:00 PM - 3:20 PM
  • December 2, 2023, 1:00 PM - 3:20 PM
  • Event Hours

    Demonstrations start at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. See schedule above. Program schedules are subject to cancellation due to weather or staffing issues.

    Meeting Place

    The Gun Platform along the History Trail.


    Free with admission.