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

Dorchester Free School

A Chance to Learn

 
 
Dorchester Free School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 13, 2009
1. Dorchester Free School Marker
Inscription. A small brick building once stood here housing the Dorchester Free School. The school offered free education to omly a few poor students. All others paid tuition. Opportunities for white children to learn outside the home or shop was limited. Black children had even fewer chances. Most were slaves and trained only to work.

The Dorchester Free School operated only a short time here. It opened in 1761 then closed during the Revolution and did not reopen for almost twenty-five years. In 1818 the school moved to the nearby town of Summerville.
(Left picture): Students learned with limited supplies, such as this pencil found by archaeologists at the site. Students wrote handwriting lessons into blank copy books with simple lead pencils.

(Right picture): Several girls received scholarships to attend the Dorchester Free School. This was unusual in a time when most girls were only trained for a future as housewives and mothers.

 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Location. 32° 56.916′ N, 80° 10.269′ W. Marker is in Summerville, South Carolina, in Dorchester County. Marker is on State Park Road. Click for map. .6 miles south of Dorchester Road ( State Road 642
Colonial Dorchester pencil image. Click for full size.
By Dorchester Free School Marker
2. Colonial Dorchester pencil
)at Old Dorchester State Park. 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. The Bell Tower of St. George's (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonial Dorchester (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parish Church of St. George, Dorchester (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Colonial Dorchester (about 400 feet away); Fort Dorchester (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Colonial Dorchester (about 600 feet away); Old Dorchester (about 600 feet away); Linking Places and People (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Summerville.
 
Categories. Colonial EraEducation
 
Right picture : Several girls recieved scholarships image. Click for full size.
By Dorchester Free School Marker
3. Right picture : Several girls recieved scholarships
Dorchester Free School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dorchester Free School Marker, September 13, 2009
4. Dorchester Free School Marker
Dorchester Free School Marker as seen along northwest trail in Old Dorchester image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 13, 2009
5. Dorchester Free School Marker as seen along northwest trail in Old Dorchester
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 697 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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