Cayce, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Cayce Historical Museum held its annual War Between the States Lantern Tour & Christmas Traditions Holiday Open House last Saturday night, with lots to see and do across the grounds and inside the museum. Despite the rainy weather that forced most of the program inside, it was well attended and an enjoyable event that was free for visitors.
These are events that are held each year. They incorporate a War Between the States Lantern Tour where reenactors in period attire transform the visitor back to the time of the great war that tore our country apart. It incorporates humor, a way soldiers often passed the time by the campfire on long cold nights, along with historical memories reenacted by the members of the 20th SC Volunteer Infantry members with period correct settings and uniforms.
The holiday themed tour of Cayce’s museum features decorations and traditions from different periods of years gone by in each of its rooms. This highly anticipated event is a great draw and the culmination of the first few days of Christmas in Cayce, a packed calendar of holiday events that encompasses the entire city.
Docents, a person who acts as a guide, typically on a voluntary basis, in a museum, art gallery, or zoo, were on hand to guide the visitors through the museum. These people typically make wonderful guides because they love the museum and their enthusiasm for it shows. Each was dressed from the period he represented and led the guests through giving detailed yet interesting explanations of what everyone was seeing.
The Cayce Historical Museum is an absolute jewel among local depositories of history. It has one of the largest collections of native American Indian artifacts in the southeastern United States. Although the museum has many visitors annually, it is especially popular during the holidays when every room has Christmas decorations from throughout the area’s history. Cayce was one of the first settlements in the Midlands because of its proximity to the Congaree River. It was also was a part of the winter hunting grounds for the Indians who called the mountains of what’s now known as North Carolina, home. During the War Between the States, Cayce and West Columbia were areas that Union troops staged and eventually bombarded the SC State Capital and the City of Columbia from.
In the attached videos, several of the docents talk about visiting the Cayce Historical Museum last weekend and what all there was to see and do. Even though that open house is officially over, you can still enjoy the museum in all its holiday splendor during its normal hours. You can see the hours and learn more about the museum by checking out their tab on the City of Cayce’s webpage at https://www.cityofcayce-sc.gov/museum.php.