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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Gethsemane Baptist
Founded 1852, cemetery, first African-American congregation in the county.
Governor's Mansion
Built in 1855 to house officers of a military academy, the state\'s governors have lived here since 1868. The renovation completed in 2001 added 5,000 sq. ft. to the mansion....
Grace Episcopal Church
By the mid-19th century, the Anglican Church in South Carolina had evolved into a strong Episcopal Diocese. By 1846, with four Episcopal churches in the city, the growth of the...
Green's Shell Enclosure Heritage Preserve
An earthen and oyster shell ground feature of late prehistory, during the Mississippian Period (Irene Phase C. 1300 AD), marks the fortified wall of an Indian village. It is the...
Greenville Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
This congregation began meeting on this site in 1773. Completed in 1852 the present church is constructed of brick basically in the Greek/Classical Revival style in the meeting house form....
Guillebeau Home And Family Cemetery Historical Marker
This marker located at the intersection of SC Highway 81 and Road 196 near the town of Willington commemorates one of the prominent French Huguenot families that settled in this...
Hagood Mill
The Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center is the home of the historic Hagood Gristmill, on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally built circa 1825 and built at...
Haig Point Lighthouse
Haig Point, the first lighthouse for this island, was built in 1873 on the southwestern tip, with its rear beacon mounted in the 40-ft. tower atop the keeper\'s house. Decommissioned...
Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
Tucked away in the remote last vestiges of a colonial-era rice plantation, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site is both bucolic and evocative.

The plantation’s Georgian-style mansion and well-kept grounds serve...
Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
Tucked away in the remote last vestiges of a colonial-era rice plantation, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site is both bucolic and evocative.

The plantation’s Georgian-style mansion and well-kept grounds serve...

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