Ad from South Carolina Gazette by Gillson Clapp selling a lot in Dorchester that contains "a good brick Dwelling house" and a "wooden Store", 1735


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On the edge of Summerville, South Carolina, alongside the Ashley River, is the site of a town that no longer exists. Once the home to merchants and craftsman, planters and traders, and freemen and slaves, the town of Dorchester now exists only in historical documents found in archives and in archeological remnants buried in the soil. The town site is preserved by the South Carolina State Park Service as Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site.

In this newspaper advertisement, Gillson Clapp lists the sale of his house and store in Dorchester. The ad, from Charleston's South Carolina Gazette, gives the size of the house and shop, detailing the dimensions of common establishments in a colonial trading town.


"To Be Sold." South Carolina Gazette, 25 October – 1 November, 1735.  Newspaper on Microfilm.  South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina.


To be Sold a Lott in Dorchester Town, fronting the bay, with a good brick Dwelling-house, 40 feet long 30 feet wide, with three Rooms and other conveniencies on a floor, with very good Cellars, also a wooden Store 50 feet long and twenty feet wide, one part of which being fitted for a Shop, Whoever has a mind to purchase the same may treat with Gillson Clapp in Charles-Town By whom also is to be sold for ready Money sundry sorts of dry goods, at reasonable rates, he designing to leave off Shop keeping, and all Persons who are indebted to him are hereby desired to pay their respective Debts by the first Day of January next, or they will be sued without further Notice.

Correlating SC Social Studies Academic Standards:

Standard 8-1:  The student will demonstrate an understanding of the settlement of South Carolina and the United States by Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans.

Indicator 8-1.3  Summarize the history of European settlement in Carolina from the first attempts the settle at San Miguel de Gualdape, Charlesfort, San Felipe, and Albemarle Point to the time of South Carolina’s establishment as an economically important British colony, including the diverse origins of the settlers, the early government, the importance of the plantation system and slavery, and the impact of the natural environment on the development of the colony.

Note: Although this document was originally posted as part of a lesson specifically designed to teach the above the standard(s), other Social Studies Standards may apply.

Lessons Using This Document:

"The Trading Post with the Most: Colonial Dorchester's Settlement and Economy

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