This Is The Oldest Place You Can Possibly Go In South Carolina And Its History Will Fascinate You

Most people from South Carolina know that Charleston is the oldest town in the state. But what most people don’t realize is that the original site of the Charleston settlement was a few miles away from the much loved penninsula on which she now rests. In 1670, the first European settlers sailed a short distance up the Ashley River, landed, and then formed the very first settlement. Ten years later, in 1680, as the settlement grew to include dwellings on the other side of the river (known then as Oyster Point) the colony was moved to what is now downtown historic Charleston.

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As far as history goes, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site rivals many of the revered and popular plantations in the Charleston area, although it has slightly different attractions to explore.

You’ll find the site of where South Carolina’s first settlers landed at 1500 Old Towne Rd., Charleston, SC 29407. They are open 363 days per year from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (They are closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.) Admission costs are: $10/adult; $6.50/S.C. Senior; $6/youth age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger.

Find out more on the official website of South Carolina State Parks.

While you’re in the Charleston area, consider making the journey out to Johns Island to see the Angel Oak Tree. Trust us: you won’t regret it.