The state dance of South Carolina is the shag, a style of swing dancing that originated in the beach towns along the Grand Strand in the 1940s.
Dorchester County, South Carolina has a rich history that spans back centuries. Its story begins with the indigenous tribes that once inhabited the region, including the Cusabo people who lived along the coast. In the early 17th century, European settlers began to arrive, establishing small settlements and trading posts. The area was originally part of the Lords Proprietors' Carolina colony, but in 1717, Dorchester County was officially formed.

During the colonial period, Dorchester County played a significant role in the English settlement of the Carolinas. The town of Dorchester became an important trading center and the county seat. It also served as a hub for agriculture, with large plantations cultivating crops such as rice, indigo, and later cotton. The area's fertile soil and favorable climate made it ideal for agricultural ventures.

The Revolutionary War brought significant changes to Dorchester County as it became a hotbed of patriot activity. The small town of Dorchester, which had thrived before the war, was nearly abandoned as residents fled from the British occupation. Many battles and skirmishes took place in the surrounding countryside, including the Battle of Eutaw Springs, a decisive Patriot victory.

Following the war, Dorchester County experienced a period of recovery and growth. The town of Dorchester eventually declined, merging with neighboring Summerville, while the county's population expanded. Plantations after slavery ended shifted towards other crops, such as timber and citrus fruits. Today, Dorchester County continues to evolve and adapt to the modern world while appreciating and preserving its storied past.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Dorchester County, South Carolina.

  • 1675: Dorchester County, SC is established as one of three original counties in the Carolina Province.
  • 1690: The town of Dorchester is founded by settlers from Massachusetts.
  • 1717: The settlers abandon Dorchester and move to Charleston due to a decline in trade.
  • 1769: Dorchester County is divided into two new counties, Berkeley and Colleton.
  • 1868: Dorchester County is reestablished from parts of Berkeley and Colleton counties after the American Civil War.
  • 1920s: The county experiences a period of rapid growth due to the growth of Charleston and the expansion of the Naval Shipyard.
  • 1942: The Charleston Naval Shipyard becomes a major center for shipbuilding during World War II.
  • 1973: The Naval Shipyard closes, leading to job loss and economic challenges in Dorchester County.
  • 1990s-Present: Dorchester County experiences population growth and development due to its proximity to Charleston and the expansion of manufacturing and distribution industries.