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

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.
Photo by Allen Wallace

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.

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March 23: March to Fort Congaree

The 12,000 Year History Park and partners invite families to explore Colonial Cayce as they walk the trail to the site of old Fort Congaree. Rediscover how this location was instrumental in forging a state and nation. Investigate period artifacts and converse with 18th-century-dressed historians. Programming includes historical demonstration and live cannon and musket firings!

Some of the many exhibits and demonstrations include weapons and archery; English country dancing; diversity of people including women spies; games and toys; and much more!


Special presentations will be offered to the public courtesy of the 12,000 Year History Park and their partners: The City of Cayce, The Cayce Museum, The State Museum, The Powder Magazine Museum, Historic Columbia, Historic Camden, and Explore Colonial SC volunteers.

This free community day is open to the public. The 12,000 Year History Park is located at 1120 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce SC. Take Interstate 77, Exit 2. Parking will be provided courtesy of the Cayce Tennis Center.


Our goal is to educate South Carolinians for generations to come, and plans are underway to  build a state-of-the-art visitors center. Guided walking tours led by National Park Trained volunteer guides are offered throughout the year.

If you would like to support the 12,000 Year History Park, click the button and follow the easy instructions! Thank you for your support.