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Summerville in Dorchester County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Colonial Dorchester

Networks of Trade

 
 
Colonial Dorchester Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 13, 2009
1. Colonial Dorchester Marker
Inscription. The Ashley River served as an early highway between Dorchester and Charles Towne. It provided planters easy access to the largest market in Carolina for their crops. But as the colony expanded inland, it became an obstacle to overland travel and trade.

The bridge that finally crossed the river here in the 1720's connected Dorchester to the growing network of inland roads and communities, and it funneled goods and people through the heart of the village. Like other bridges in the colony, the 150 foot long Dorchester Bridge providied "for the Conveniency of Travellers from North Carolia to Georgia, as also from Charles Towne, to the interior Settlements."

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To maintain the links in the local chain of roads, in 1744 the Dorchester bridge and four others in St.George's were declared parish bridges subject to repair with public funds and labor.

"The Province is conveniently traversed with public Roads," wrote the surveyor general of the southern colonies, " and the Rivers are made passable with well constructed wooden Bridges."

( Background Illustration from the collection of the S.C. Historical Society )
 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Location. 32° 56.813′ 
Colonial Roads C. 1770-1780 image. Click for full size.
By Colonial Dorchester Marker
2. Colonial Roads C. 1770-1780
Source: Charles Kovacik and John Winberry, South Carolina Geographic Allience, Department of Geography, University of South Carolina
N, 80° 10.18′ W. Marker is in Summerville, South Carolina, in Dorchester County. Marker can be reached from State Park Road. Click for map. Located .6 miles south of Dorchester Road ( State Road 642 )in Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, along footpath to the River. Marker is in this post office area: Summerville SC 29485, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Dorchester (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Colonial Dorchester (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Colonial Dorchester (about 500 feet away); Linking Places and People (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Colonial Dorchester (about 500 feet away); Dorchester Free School (about 800 feet away); The Bell Tower of St. George's (about 800 feet away); Parish Church of St. George, Dorchester (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Summerville.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Colonial Dorchester Marker seen along hiking path to Ashley River, 300 feet away image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 13, 2009
3. Colonial Dorchester Marker seen along hiking path to Ashley River, 300 feet away
there are no bridges to be seen from this location today
Colonial Dorchester Marker, Fort Dorchester ruins seen in background image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 13, 2009
4. Colonial Dorchester Marker, Fort Dorchester ruins seen in background
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 704 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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