Charles Towne State Historic Site

On this plot of land, the first permanent English settlement in South Carolina was established. Formed in 1670 on what is now 664 acres, Charles Towne Landing is devoted to preserving the history and the significance of the first landing site.

Where Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne are historically significant to Virginia, Charles Towne Landing is so to South Carolina. Dive into the past headfirst with authentic artifacts, accurate replicas and reconstructions, and educational collections that combine the emotional personal history of South Carolina with fact.

There's plenty to do here including a natural habitat zoo, exhibit hall with fascinating displays, miles of trails and picnic tables, a replica tall ship named The Adventure and several replica fire capable cannons and also ongoing archaeological digs. The zoo houses animals native to 1670 era South Carolina like pumas, bison, and bears while you're able to see the contemporary wildlife along interpretive trails through the forest and along the water's edge. One of the most beautiful and popular attractions at the landing is the historic Legare-Waring House, a lovely plantation in quintessential Southern settings of old oaks and gardens.