The folks who founded Dorchester in the 1690's did so, at least in part, so as to be able to worship without the grasping tentacles of the Anglican Church sucking them dry. The colony of South Carolina officially made Anglicanism its only accepted church in 1706, however, and St. George's Anglican Church was built in Dorchester in the 1720's. Its bell tower, which survives as Colonial Dorchester's most photogenic entity, was built in 1751. The sign is The Bell Tower of St. George's.