History and Social Studies

Featured Historic Places/Sites

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

This is the site where a group of English settlers landed in 1670 and established the beginnings of the Carolina colony. Groups have the option of both history tours and nature-based tours. 1500 Old Towne Rd., Charleston, SC 29407. Charleston County. Tel: 843-852-4200. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Hopsewee Plantation

494 Hopsewee Rd., Georgetown, SC 29440. 843-546-7891. Built between 1735-1740, this is one of the oldest preservations in the U.S. open to the public. Explore the house from room to room, including the original two slave cabins. Fee.

McLeod Plantation

325 Country Club Dr., Charleston, SC 29412. 843-762-9917. Established in 1851, the stories of the McLeod Plantation and its people are made available today, thanks to careful research. Groups will learn about daily life, study the importance of cotton, and explore worship and spirituality as they tour the homes. Fee.

Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

398 State Park Rd., Clinton, SC 29325. 864-938-0100. See a Revolutionary War battlefield that was the site of a pivotal fight won by the American militia, and explore displays and exhibits. Park rangers offer programs such as tours, living history demonstrations, and children's activities for a nominal fee. Free/Fee.

Oconee Station

500 Oconee Station Rd., Walhalla, SC 29691. 864-638-0079. This is the site of two buildings; Oconee Station, a stone blockhouse used as a SC militia outpost from 1792-1799, and the 1805 William Richards home. Groups can also explore the fishing pond, nature trail, and see the 60-foot waterfall. Free.

Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

122 East Bay St., Charleston, SC 29401. 843-727-2165. Discover this building’s integral role in our country’s quest for independence. Programs highlight various aspects of 17th/18th century history, the Revolutionary War and the Constitution, and, for fun, a bit of Charles Town pirate history. Fee.

Powder Magazine

79 Cumberland St., Charleston, SC 29401. 843-722-9350. The Powder Magazine is the oldest public building in Charleston. Groups can have a scavenger hunt or schedule Patriot's Day, a program where they can meet a historical figure, muster for cannon and musket drills, and endure a (brief) sentence in the dungeon. Tours also offered in conjunction with other nearby sites. Fee.