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

Colonial Dorchester

State Historic Site

 
 
Colonial Dorchester Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. Colonial Dorchester Marker
Historical Significance: Colonial Dorchester is 15 miles upriver from Charleston on the State Scenic Ashley River. It’s also on the National Register of Historic Places.
Inscription. In 1697, Congregationalist settlers from Dorchester, Massachusetts, founded a town where you now stand. For nearly 100 years, Dorchester prospered as an inland trade center for the region. Trade with Native Americans, the development of rice and indigo as valuable cash crops and infusion of people (slave, planter and merchant) brought Dorchester to an economic peak in the mid 1700s. However, with the frontier shifting further inland, an improved overland road system, amid destruction at the hands of the British during the American Revolution, the town slowly disappeared and was all but abandoned at the close of the 1700s. Today, the South Carolina State Park Service is charged with care and preservation of this historical and archaeological treasure.
Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site Mission Statement
To promote understanding and stewardship of the natural, cultural, and archaeological resources of the colonial riverside village of Dorchester by providing ongoing excavation, research, and public education oppertunities.

 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Location. 32° 56.893′ N, 80° 10.163′ W. Marker is in Summerville, South Carolina, in Dorchester County. Marker is on
Ongoing excavation, research, and public education image. Click for full size.
By Colonial Dorchester Marker
2. Ongoing excavation, research, and public education
National Register of Historic Places: Old Dorchester ** (added 1969 - Site - #69000165) • 6 mi. S of Summerville on SC 642, Summerville • Historic Significance: Information Potential • Area of Significance: Religion, Social History, Historic - Non-Aboriginal, Military, Politics/Government, Commerce • Cultural Affiliation: American Revolution, Early American Village • Period of Significance: 1650-1699, 1700-1749, 1750-1799 • Owner: State • Historic Function: Domestic • Historic Sub-function: Village Site • Current Function: Landscape • Current Sub-function: Park •
State Park Road. Touch for map. .5 miles south of Dorchester Road ( State Road 642 ). 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. Linking Places and People (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Colonial Dorchester (within shouting 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); Parish Church of St. George, Dorchester (about 400 feet away); The Bell Tower of St. George's (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Colonial Dorchester (about 500 feet away); Dorchester Free School (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Summerville.
 
Also see . . .  Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site. At the beginning of the Revolutionary War Dorchester was a fortified post for the Americans, its garrison briefly commanded by Francis Marion, who later became famous as the Swamp Fox. Near the war’s end, the village was a British post, occupied until the approach of an American force prompted the British to evacuate. (Submitted on September 17, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Colonial Dorchester Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 13, 2009
3. Colonial Dorchester Marker
Colonial Dorchester Village layout: a display at the Park office image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 13, 2009
4. Colonial Dorchester Village layout: a display at the Park office
Colonial Dorchester Fort ruins of the old Powder Magazine, as seen today image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 13, 2009
5. Colonial Dorchester Fort ruins of the old Powder Magazine, as seen today
Colonial Dorchester Bell tower of St. George's Church and Cemetery, as seen today image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 13, 2009
6. Colonial Dorchester Bell tower of St. George's Church and Cemetery, as seen today
Archaeological Dig image. Click for full size.
South Carolina Dept. of Archives and History, circa 1970
7. Archaeological Dig
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,297 times since then and 126 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 17, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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