SC History Trail

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

Charles Towne Landing was the site of the first permanent European settlement in the Carolina province. Approximately 148 colonists, including men, women and children, landed at Albemarle Point the first Wednesday in April 1670.

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Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston, SC 29407
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Phone: 843-852-4200
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Site Description
English settlers landed here, with indentured servants and African-American slaves, after a stormy sail from Barbados in 1670. Here they established what would become the birthplace of the Carolinas, the plantation system of the American South and one of the country's first major port cities. Here the story is still told. Opened in 1790 as Charles Towne Landing 1670, the 664-acre site was rebuilt in 2006 with a sharpened focus on the site's remarkable past.
Access and Admission
Site Access: Public
Access Description: 9am-5pm, Daily
Admission: SC Seniors $3.75 - Adults $7.50 - Ages 6-15 $3.50 - Ages 5 and Under are Free
Historic Registry: National Register of Historic Places
Tours and Events
Guided Tours: Audio tours are available for rent for $5 per person. Guided tours are periodically offered or can be arranged.