Colonial Dorchester digging into history

Zack Pace of Lexington, a re-enactor with the 2nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment, gave a loud demonstration of his musket at Fort Moultrie on Carolina Day in 2008.

SUMMERVILLE — Musket fire will crack again this weekend at Colonial Dorchester as the state historic site presents an unusual “above and below the ground” look at the days of the American Revolution.

“Colonial Dorchester: Under the Crescent” combines a 2nd South Carolina Regiment military encampment and drills with classic Dorchester village touches such as a tavern re-enactment and period vendors.

Meanwhile, archaeologists will dig active sites showing the foundations of what was colonial Dorchester, one of the first inland Lowcountry settlements. Founded in 1697, Dorchester was a frontier trading post whose grid of streets stretched nearly half a mile. The tabby walls of its fort and church bell steeple remain.

Personalized tours of the fort and archaeological work will feature uncovered artifacts such as polished bone buttons, lead shot and black glass from wine and spirits bottles.

Events are scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

“Under the Crescent” is a kickoff to what Colonial Dorchester staff hopes is a regular series of events that highlight the heritage of the singular site.

“I cannot stress enough how unique this place is to have the ability to feature ‘above ground’ and ‘below ground’ history,” said S.C. Parks archaeologist Larry James.

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