The Cayce Museum
Museum to be closed June 9th and June 12th
The Cayce Museum is participating in the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Convention on June 11-12. The museum will be closed on Wednesday, June 9th and on Saturday, June 12th while the museum’s 1936 REO Speedway firetruck is moved and set up at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention center and then returned to the museum. We will be open regular hours on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. The Convention Center is free and open to the public on June 11 and 12th as long as you register for a nametag at the registration desk. The exhibit hall is open 9:00-5:00 on Friday and 9:00-3:00 on Saturday.
The Cayce Historical Museum’s main building is a replica of a frontier trading post built in the area in 1765. This post was seized by the British during the Revolution and used as a fort. It was called Fort Granby. Later the structure became a family home for the Cayce family, whose name was chosen for the present city of Cayce when it was chartered in 1914. The museum building displays artifacts and interprets the historical, social, and cultural heritage of the area that has included the historical communities of Saxe Gotha and Granby and the current community of the City of Cayce.
The Cayce Historical Museum exhibits include an extensive Native American artifact collection of over 8,000 items, colonial and American Revolutionary War objects, Civil War objects, an exhibit on the locks on the Congaree River, and an exhibit on the famous Doolittle raiders of World War II who trained in the area before their historic mission. New exhibits coming in summer and fall of 2019 include an exhibit on the 1964 Cayce Dixie Youth World Series Champions and an exhibit on preserving food before refrigeration in our historic smokehouse structure. There is also a 1749 detached kitchen on the museum grounds that is open for special living history events and a railroad boxcar and 1938 rail speeder.
The Native American Exhibit
A highlight of the Cayce Historical Museum is the extensive collection of Native American artifacts. The collection was donated by the son of Samuel Watson, a local pharmacist who was an active collector in the area as well as other parts of the United States. This museum exhibit contains nearly 8,000 pieces including arrowheads, pottery, axes, tools, grinding stones, and more. These cultural materials were collected from South Carolina, the Southeast, and the Midwest. There are artifacts from the earliest prehistoric period like Clovis points as well as objects from every other period of the Native American history of the area.
1800 12th Street
Cayce, S.C. 29033
Closed on major holidays.
Military(with ID): $2
Infants 2 and under FREE
*Free Admission Sundays
For group rates or to schedule tours:
Museum Office and Communications Associate