Summerville in Dorchester County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Dorchester Free School
A Chance to Learn
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
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 Era • Education •
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