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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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...
Antioch Christian Church And Cemetery
Founded by Dr. W.R. Erwin it is the second Disciples of Christ Church was built circa 1833, is the oldest Disciples of Christ Church remaining in South Carolina. Many of...
Ashtabula Historic House
This large clapboard mansion was built by Lewis Gibbes and his wife, the former Maria Drayton, to enjoy the more healthful climate of the foothills. The house and farm were...
Atalaya Castle
The former winter home and studio of noted American sculptress, Anna Hyatt Huntington, and her husband, Archer Milton Huntington, Atalaya is also listed as a National Historic Landmark. The castle...
Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
The Avery Research Center is housed in the former Avery Normal Institute, established in 1865. Its mission is to collect, preserve and document the history and culture of African Americans...
Baptist Church of Beaufort
Organized in 1800, the building was erected in 1844 during the pastorate of Richard Fuller. The church is an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture.
Barnwell County Courthouse and Vertical Sundial
For over 150 years, Barnwell\'s rare vertical sundial has given the correct time of day to passersby. It is thought to be the only one of its kind remaining in...

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