Historic Sites & Museums in South Carolina

With over 1,300 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, South Carolina museums and historic sites document the state's rich, varied history from its Colonial and American Revolution significance to Native American history and its decisive role in the Civil War.

Visit the state-of-the-art South Carolina State Museum for natural history displays, art collections and cultural history. Walk the battlefields and explore the forts of the state’s Revolutionary and Civil War history. Take a walking tour through the site of the first English colonial settlement on the South Carolina coast.

South Carolina's Plantation Homes and Gardens share the remarkable story of America's Colonial and Antebellum past and preserve the beauty of nature in English and sculpture gardens throughout the state.

From 18th century lighthouses on South Carolina beaches to the Brookgreeen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and one of the most significant sculpture collections in the world, we invite you to explore fascinating historical sites and museums in South Carolina.

Scroll through the listings below to locate all of the historic sites, monuments, memorials and museums in South Carolina. Click on a listing title for more information on each attraction.

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Walnut Grove Plantation
Charles & Mary Moore established Walnut Grove on a 550-acre land grant about 1765. These Scots-Irish immigrants raised ten children in the house they built and lived in for 40...
Washington Street United Methodist Church
The original church, a plain wooden structure, was completed on the present site in 1804. Washington Street is considered to have the oldest continuous congregation in Columbia and the “Mother...
Watts - Todd - Dunklin House
Washington Willliams built this house around 1818 as a wedding gift to his daughter, Nancy, upon her marriage to James Watts Jr. The Todd family owned the home from 1845-1938....
Wesley United Methodist Church
"Rebuilt" in 1915, this was the childhood church of famed jazz artist Dizzy Gillespie.
Williams Chapel A.M.E. Church
Architect Miller F. Whittaker’s design in 1915 of this church has been described as an elegant essay in Gothic Revival style. Whittaker was the director of the Department of Mechanical...
Woodburn Historic House
Woodburn is a majestic four-story Upstate plantation house built c. 1830 by Charles Cotesworth Pinckney when Pendleton became a summer retreat for wealthy Charlestonians to escape the heat of Low...
Zion Pilgrim Baptist Cemetery
This site is considered one of the largest African-American cemeteries in Chester County. Please call the church or the Chester County library (803-377-8145) for detailed directions and more information.
Abbeville Opera House
Early in this century, Abbeville was a center of activity for western South Carolina. Many "road companies" toured from New York to Atlanta, with the Opera House as an overnight...
African-American History Monument
"The first of its kind on any of the nation\'s state house grounds," this monument was sculptured by Ed Dwight of Colorado and dedicated March 29, 2001. This monument traces...
Aiken-Rhett House
Built in 1820 and expanded and remodeled by Gov. William Aiken Jr., this palatial town residence showcases city life in antebellum Charleston. Aiken and his wife traveled to Europe and...

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