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South Carolina 1775
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Reveolutionary War Events
South Carolina 1775

Welcome to Charleston - or Charles Town - as the city was named until 1783. From early pioneers to Revolutionary Patriots, you are invited to experience the sites and stories that played a vital role in the foundation of the United States. Colonial Charleston has something for all levels of interest...

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
The Birthplace of South Carolina

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site sits on a marshy point, located off of the Ashley River, where a group of English settlers landed in 1670 and established what would become the birthplace of the Carolina colony. Charles Towne Landing introduces visitors to the earliest colonial history of Charleston. Interact with hands-on exhibits in the Visitor Center, talk to knowledgeable staff members, and take an audio tour on the self-guided history trail.

  • 17th-century settlement site/li>
  • Living History
  • Animal Forest
1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston, SC
(843) 852-4200
Daily 9am - 5pm

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
America's Oldest Garden

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. Join us to experience the beauty of its gardens and its rich history today.

  • Drayton family ancestral home
  • Site of 1780 British crossing
3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC
(800) 367-3517
Daily 8am - 5:30pm, 9am - 4:30pm (Nov - Feb)

Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site
Best Preserved Tabby Fortification in the U.S.

From 1697 until the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the trading town of Dorchester flourished along the Ashley River, inland from colonial Charleston. Today, Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site's remarkably preserved archaeological remains give visitors a peek into the early history of colonial South Carolina.

  • The early settlement of Dorchester
  • Archaeology and living history
  • St George Church Ruins
300 State Park Road, Summerville, SC
(843) 873-1740
Daily 9am - 6pm, 9am - 5pm (Nov-Feb)

The Powder Magazine
South Carolina's Oldest Public Building

South Carolina's oldest public building, The Powder Magazine served as an arsenal periodically between 1713-1820. A museum since 1903, guests are welcome to interact with historians and exhibits that relate to our State's colonial military history. The Powder Magazine also hosts special programming and a unique gift shop.

  • Exhibits feature native wars, piracy, slave revolt, & Revolutionary War
  • Collection inspired gift shop
79 Cumberland Street, Charleston, SC
(843) 722-9350
10am - 4pm, 1pm - 4pm (Sun.)

Drayton Hall Plantation
America's Oldest Unrestored Plantation House

Discover what we know about the Draytons' predecessors-from the Native Americans who populated the Lowcountry for centuries to the family who sold the land to John Drayton. Learn about the processes and people involved in making Drayton Hall a successful plantation. During the American Revolution, the seat of the Drayton family became the headquarters for troops from both the British and Continental Armies.

  • Tours interpret colonial life
  • Standards-based student programs
  • Museum Shop with colonial-era books & toys
3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC
(843) 769-2600
Daily 9am - 5pm, 11am - 5pm (Sun.)

Middleton Place
America's Oldest Landscaped Gardens

Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America's Oldest Landscaped Gardens. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres 'the most important and most interesting garden in America'. The 1755 House Museum interprets four generations of Middleton Family, with extraordinary family furniture, silver, porcelain, rare books and portraits on display. Birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Middleton Place and the Middletons have played an important role in American history.

  • Home of Declaration Signer Authur Middleton
  • Educational programs on African American history and rice production
4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC
(843) 556-6020
Daily 9am - 5pm

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is dedicated to interpreting the life of Charles Pinckney's, his role in the development of the United States Constitution, his plantation, and the transition of colonial America to a young nation.

  • 28-acre remnant of a founding father's Snee Farm plantation
  • Exhibits on US Constitution, plantation life and Gullah-Geechee culture
  • Bookstore, nature trail and picnic area
1254 Long Point Road, Mt Pleasant, SC
(843) 881-5516
Daily 9am - 5pm

The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
South Carolina's Most Historic Building

The Old Exchange is a 'must-see' for all Charleston visitors. During your visit, you will discover this building's integral role in our country's quest for independence and its important service to our young nation.

  • Site of Constitution Ratification
  • Revolutionary War Dungeon
  • See a section of the 1698 city wall
122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC
(843) 727-2165
Daily 9am - 5pm

The Heyward-Washington House
Charleston's Revolutionary War House

Located in the downtown Historic District, within the area of the original walled city, this brick double house was built in 1772 by rice planter Daniel Heyward as a town-house for his son, Thomas Heyward, Jr. The City rented it for George Washington's use during the President's week-long Charleston stay, in May 1791, and it has traditionally been called the "Heyward-Washington House."

  • Home of Declaration Signer Thomas Heyward Jr.
  • Charleston-made colonial furniture
  • Hosted President Washington in 1791
87 Church Street, Charleston, SC
(843) 722-2996
Daily 10am - 5pm, 1pm - 5pm (Sun.)

The Charleston Museum
America's First Museum

Welcome to The Charleston Museum, America's First Museum, founded in 1773. Its mission is to preserve and interpret the cultural and natural history of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. We invite you to explore this rich, varied history at the Museum and its two National Historic Landmark houses. All are located downtown, in America's Most Historic City.

  • Wonderful introduction to Charleston's history
  • Early artifacts related to Charleston's settlement
  • Rotating textiles gallery, includes 18th-century pieces
360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
(843) 722-2996
Daily 9am - 5pm, 1pm - 5pm (Sun.)

Fort Moultrie National Historic Monument
171 Years of Coastal Defense

The first fort on Sullivan's Island was still incomplete when Commodore Sir Peter Parker and nine warships attacked it on June 28, 1776. After a nine-hour battle, the ships were forced to retire. Charleston was saved from British occupation, and the fort was named in honor of its commander, Colonel. William Moultrie. In 1780 the British finally captured Charleston, abandoning it only on the advent of peace.

  • Site of the historic 1776 Palmetto fort
  • Exhibits on Sullivan's Island & African Slave Trade
  • Visitor's Center & film
1214 Middle Street, Sullivans Island, SC
(843) 883-3123
Daily 9am - 5pm

Old Slave Mart Museum

The Old Slave Mart Museum, located at 6 Chalmers St., recounts the story of Charleston's role in this inter-state slave trade by focusing on the history of this particular building and site and the slave sales that occurred here.

  • Ryan's Auction Mart est 1856
  • Focus on Charleston's domestic slave trade
6 Chalmers Street, Charleston, SC
(843) 958-6467
Mon. - Sat. 9am - 5pm

The Gibbes Museum of Art
Charleston's Signature Museum

Experience Charleston's history through art! Focusing on art of the American South, the Gibbes presents special exhibitions year-round. Explore stories of the Lowcountry as seen through painting, sculpture, photographs and more.

  • Nationally significant collection of Colonial-era portaiture
  • Exhibition includes works by Johnston, Theus, West, Savage, Benbridge & Wollaston
135 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
(843) 722-2706

Tuesday: 10am - 5pm
Wednesday: 10am - 8pm
Thursday: 10am - 5pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 1pm - 5pm
Monday: Closed

Date: Ongoing
Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Host: The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
Address: 122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC

Program Description: Guests are invited to visit the Exchange's historic Great Hall where the boycott of the Tea Act was organized and delegates to the first Continental Congress were elected. Visitors can also experience the Provost Dungeon where American Patriots were imprisoned during the British occupation.

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