Summerville in Dorchester County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
To Market, To Market
The marketplace was an easy stop for goods coming by river from Charles Towne or more-distant ports, and trade with the interior was also robust. The success of this local commercial center supported the development of surrounding settlements and Dorchester enjoyed a brief heyday.
(Left picture): By depicting markets similar to Dorchester's, 18th- century artworks can help us imagine the activity of market day, held at this location every Tuesday and Saturday in the 1720s.
(Right picture): Like modern shopping centers, the Dorchester market was convenient to homes and thoroughfares- in this case, the Ashley River. This 1742 map shows the marketplace's prime location.
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
Location. 32° 56.883′ N, 80° 10.2′ W. Marker is in Summerville, South Carolina, in Click for map. Located .5 miles south of Dorchester Road ( State Road 642 )at Old Dorchester Historic Site. 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Colonial Dorchester (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Colonial Dorchester (within shouting distance of this marker); Linking Places and People (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bell Tower of St. George's (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parish Church of St. George, Dorchester (about 400 feet away); Dorchester Free School (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Colonial Dorchester (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Summerville.
Also see . . . Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site. (Submitted on September 24, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 851 times since then and 137 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.