South Carolina History & Heritage

Explore South Carolina historical sites including plantations homes, Civil War forts and more!


South Carolina Historical SitesWhile South Carolina is perhaps most often associated with the Civil War, you’ll be amazed by the depth and breadth of our history, the number of remarkable South Carolina historic sites, and the extensive role South Carolina has played in shaping our nation.

Visit Charles Towne Landing, the first permanent English settlement founded in Colonial South Carolina. Walk the English gardens of perfectly preserved colonial plantation homes or visit historic Charleston, a contemporary city with old-world charm, carriage rides and cobblestone streets.

The food, music and culture of South Carolina embrace the blending of many heritages in large cities and small villages alike. More than 1,200 historic sites in South Carolina are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and distinctive architecture throughout the state reflects the pride and history of European, African and Caribbean influences.

From the War for Independence and the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, South Carolina has been at the center of both conflict and resolution throughout America’s history. South Carolina historical sites including military sites, museums and synagogues, along with a range of historical festivals and celebrations, reveal fascinating stories you won’t find in history books.
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Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge encompasses approximately 30,000 acres that include large sections of tidal emergent wetlands, forested wetlands and upland forests associated with the Waccamaw and Pee Dee Rivers. Wetland habitats range...
Waccatee Zoological Farm
Located within a 500-acre farm in Socastee, the Waccatee Zoo contains over 100 species of animals. Meet Chico the Chimpanzee, Tony the Tiger, Booger the Bear, and Zig Zag the...
Wachesaw Plantation East
Forged from a former rice plantation, the time-honored Scottish design of Wachesaw Plantation East features rolling fairways, traditional mounding and strategically-placed bunkers. Its freshwater lakes and scenic wetlands are the...
Wagener Museum
Artifacts and documents recall the life and times of community residents since the coming of the railroad in 1887. Find the Wagener Museum on Facebook!
Walhalla State Fish Hatchery
Built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this is the only trout hatchery in South Carolina. Some 150,000 pounds of rainbow, brown and brook trout are raised here...
Walking Tour Of Private Historic Homes And Gardens
Map of tour is available at Chamber office. The map contains a six block route to homes dating from the 1820\'s to the early 1900\'s. In 1976 a portion of...
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...
Walt Schrader Trails
Located in a 778-acre natural area at Historic Brattonsville, this 8.5 mile network of backcountry paths crosses land steeped in local history and tradition. Native Americans and Americans of European...
Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary
Located within the ACE Basin, the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary is a nature-based conservation area that combines history, culture, recreation, and education in a singularly southern lowlands setting. Wildlife is abundant...
Walterboro-Colleton Chamber Of Commerce
The Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1946 and became incorporated in 1951. The chamber provides visitor information on all sites and attractions located in Walterboro and Colleton County....

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