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Dorchester Heritage Center

Historic Charleston & Resort Islands

Historic Charleston & Resort Islands

The Dorchester Heritage Center is housed in the historic former courthouse in St. George, the county seat of Dorchester County. It occupies approximately 5,000 square feet of display area, including dioramas, artifacts and audio-visual aids. In addition to the Museum’s numerous displays and artifacts, the Center also houses archives and genealogical records. To date, over 100,000 documents have been collected, including original documents dating back to the early 18th century, maps, photo collections and early newspapers. From a genealogical perspective, over 80,000 names have been entered into the Center’s database. The Heritage Center’s goal is to display Dorchester County and Lowcountry history as it relates to South Carolina history. The Museum is home to displays on fossils, Native Americans, natural history, the Revolutionary War, colonial life, plantation life, agriculture, African-American culture, the Industrial period and Early Main Street, as well as a documents display featuring original land grants, an impressive photographic display featuring campgrounds, churches and the development of towns along the path of the railroad and a Veterans' exhibit featuring artifacts from military conflicts dating back to the Revolutionary War.