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Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

300 State Park Road
SummervilleSC  29485
(843) 873-1740

Admission: Adults $2, SC Seniors $1.25, 15 & younger Free
Hours: 9:00a - 6:00p, daily, during Daylight Saving Time, 9:00a - 5:00p  daily, the remainder of the year.

The trading town of Dorchester was located on the Ashley River. From 1697 until the beginning of the Revolutionary War the trading town flourished. Dorchester was abandoned at the beginning of the Revolutionary War and disappeared leaving only a few original structures which remain today. Visitors can see the remains of the brick bell tower of St. George's Anglican Church. You can also get a glimpse of a log wharf during low tide and view the fort which was made of an oyster-shell concrete called tabby.

Visitors can also watch as archaeologists unearth the settlement's history.

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Elizabeth Arden House

Elizabeth Arden House

Elizabeth Arden House

208 Sumter Avenue
SummervilleSC  29483

The Elizabeth Arden Victorian house was built in 1891. In 1938, Elizabeth Arden (owner of Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics) purchased the southern Victorian-style home as a summer home. The house has 15 rooms and the estate has 2 separated cottages and detached pool house. Elizabeth the house in 1954.

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Summerville Dorchester Museum

Summerville Dorchester Museum

Summerville Dorchester Museum

100 East Doty Avenue
SummervilleSC  29483
(843) 875-9666

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Summerville's Walk Tour of Homes & Gardens

Summerville's Walk Tour of Homes & Gardens

Summerville's Walk Tour of Homes & Gardens

402 North Main Street (Summerville Visitor Center)
SummervilleSC  29483
(843) 873-8535


Stop by the Visitor Center and pick up a free self-guided walking tour which includes many of the historic buildings and beautiful homes and gardens in Summerville.

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The Henry Timrod Library

The Henry Timrod Library

The Henry Timrod Library

217 Central Avenue
SummervilleSC  29483
(843)871-4600

In 1897 a group of young Summerville women formed a reading circle and many of the women donated their book from their reading circle to form the beginning of the Henry Timrod Library. Today the library holds over 50,000 volumes including best sellers, reference material, audio and video tapes, plus a large number of South Carolina titles.