The Cayce Museum
The City of Cayce is rich in history and the Cayce Historical Museum was established to share this history with you. The museum staff and exhibits will chronicle the history of the first European settlements in the midlands area of South Carolina, beginning in the early 1700’s.
The museum interprets the agricultural, social, and cultural heritage of the Cayce, Old Saxe Gotha, Granby, and West Columbia areas. Exhibits emphasize periods of colonial trade, agricultural development, and transportation from the 18th century through the present time. The museum also features Native American artifacts from the area dating back thousands of years.
The main building in the Cayce Historical Museum complex is a replica of a trading post, which was built in the Cayce area in 1765. That trading post was seized by the British during the American Revolution and used as a fort. In 1817, the building was purchased by the Cayce family who used it as a private residence for nearly 100 years. "Uncle Billy" Cayce, as he was affectionately known, ran a general store near the railroad tracks in an area then known as Cayce Crossing. When citizens decided to incorporate the town in 1914, it was named for the Cayce family.
Interpreting Cultural Artifacts through Native American Pottery uses the museum’s collection of Native American artifacts – one of the largest collections in the Southeast – to explore the deep Native American history in the Midlands. Following a tour of the museum, students will embark on a brief nature hike through the museum’s trail and boardwalk to the Granby Pavilion, on the hike they will learn about, and identify, various indigenous plants Southeastern Native Americans used for food, medicinal, and ceremonial purposes. At the Granby Pavilion, the students create and decorate their own piece of “Native American” pottery, and use pottery sherds from the Museum’s collection to date and identify their own pots.
Our Indigo in South Carolina and Midlands History program uses the museum’s collections and historic grounds to explore the importance of indigo, and indigo dyeing, in world history, South Carolina history, and Midlands history. Following a tour of the museum, students will participate in an activity using natural indigo dye to tie-dye their own shirt. During this activity, students will learn about the dye making process, and museum staff will use artifacts from the collection to discuss the types of indigo grown in South Carolina, and illustrate how the plant was cultivated. Due to staffing and material constraints, we ask group sizes to be limited to 5-30 children during this program.
All group tours and educational programs are free as long as they are scheduled in advance. Please allow a minimum of one weeks’ notice when scheduling educational tours. You can book a group tour or educational program by e-mailing our staff at [email protected], or calling us at 803-739-5385.
1800 12th Street
Cayce, S.C. 29033
Closed on major holidays.
Military(with ID): $2
Infants 2 and under FREE
*Free Admission Sundays
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