Charles Towne Landing


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Charles Towne Landing


In 1670, the first English colonists landed on this spot, just across the Ashley River from downtown Charleston, and promptly named their new town for King Charles II. Charles Towne Landing's exhibits expertly re-create what life was like for those early settlers: the fort they built, the wooden palisade wall they erected to keep out enemies, the crops they planted to feed their colony, and a full-size replica of a 17th-century cargo vessel, one they would have used to ferry supplies and provisions. There's also an animal forest where you can see native species that the settlers would have encountered in their new home at South Carolina's first colonial settlement.

Set on land where the Carolinas' first permanent British settlers made their home in 1670, this 664-acre park property offers not only beautiful surroundings but a living history lesson that the whole family can enjoy. Found onsite are extensive grounds, a Natural Habitat zoo featuring an Animal Forest home to animals these early settlers would have encountered, along with a replica authentic wooden sailing ship, an experimental garden with plants from the South Carolina colonial era, and a restored village. Along with these wonderful opportunities for historical exploration, you'll find family friendly picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, and beautiful regional plant life, including azaleas, camellias and massive sprawling live oak trees.

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