Colonial times return to Cayce with 12,000 Year History Park Event

Allen Wallace photos.

With thousands of visitors in the Midlands for March Madness, Cayce’s 12,000 Year History Park gave newcomers and residents alike a chance to experience life as it was long before basketball existed at all.

The inaugural “March to Fort Congaree” gave people a chance to walk through the park to the site of the former fort, first built in the early 1700s.

The park joined forces with City of Cayce, the Cayce Museum, the South Carolina State Museum, the Powder Magazine Museum, Historic Columbia, Historic Camden, and Explore Colonial SC for the free event.

Guests walked along the Fort Congaree trail, finding lots of volunteers and guides in time-period attire along the way, offering information and demonstrations of life in the 18th century.

Jerry Kirkland of the Cayce Museum welcomed visitors to the site of the Granby Saxe Gotha trading post, which was built in 1760 and remained until 1953. Artifacts from the early days of the post were on display, from rum to bottles of snuff to buttons and dominos.

For those looking for more active demonstrations, volunteers offered chances to learn old country dances, while others demonstrated the firing of cannons and muskets.

Regular guided tours of the 12,000 Year History Park will be available this spring, and organizers hope to bring back the “March to Fort Congaree” in 2020. For more information, email

Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Cayce, Education, Lexington County