The Cayce House

The William Capers Chapter, D. A. R. ...........furnishes the following history of the house and vicinity................,

Soon after the fall of Charles Town, May 12, 1780, the British forces in South Carolina established military posts in various parts of the state and began a vigorous campaign for the complete conquest of the State. One of these posts was established at "the Congarees", as that section of the state around about Friday's Ferry on Congaree river had been known ever since the Congaree Indians had vacated the lands there in the early days of the 18th century. At first these lands were referred to as "the Congaree's lands" and gradually the apostrophe and the word land were dropped in writing the name of the section.

The village of Granby was located in "the Congarees" and nearby was a large country store conducted by Chesnut and Kershaw. The British seized this store building, threw up earthworks and dug trenches about it, built a powder magazine and otherwise equipped it as one of their fortified posts. This was officially styled by them "the post at the Congarees". February 19, 1781, General Sumter appeared before this post and laid siege thereto. On the 21st, Lord Rawdon's army appeared on the opposite bank of the Congaree, having marched from Camden to the relief of the post; in the face of these superior numbers General Sumter had to abandon the siege, but not before he had blown up the magazine and destroyed a quantity of provisions in, sight of Rawdon's army.

On the 15th day of May, the post was surrendered to Lieut. Col. Henry Lee, commanding a 1egion of Americans. He reached the post before dawn and began to erect a battery in the edge of the woods to the west thereof. The morning was foggy, which enab1ed the Americans to finish their battery before it was discovered by the British. A six pounder was mounted in the battery and, as soon as the fog dispersed, fire was opened on the British works. The garrison consisted of 19 officers and 329 men, commanded by Major Maxell of the Prince of Wales' regiment. As the piece of artillery opened fire, the infantry advanced end took possession of desirable ground without opposition, cutting off a part of the British pickets. Just then Colonel Lee called upon Maxwel1 to surrender which he did after some parleying.

July 1, 1781, General Greene, on his way from Winnsborough to overtake Rawdon, reoccupied the post. It was never reoccupied by the British.

After the Revolution the store house came into possession of Major Daniel Tateman, who had married Ann Geiger of the "Cangarees"; Major Tateman having died, his widow married Captain William Rea. Elizabeth Rae, a daughter of this couple married February 25, 1817, James Cayce. About 1834 the Cayces came into possession of the old house. Several years later it was sold under foreclosure proceedings and was bought in by Campbell Bryce, who later left it to his son, John Bryce, for life. John Bryce, about 1880, disposed of his life interest to R. W. Gibbes Cayce. A few years, Bryce died and his surviving sisters and the heirs of his deceased sisters came into possession. These various interests have been disposed of and the old house, the only building of the time of the Revolution remaining in the vicinity of Columbia has been acquired by firm of Weston and Brooker.

When a student of South Carolina history who believes that such places of historic interest should be marked, mentioned to Mr. Weston that he was trying to induce the D.A.R. to mark the site of the old house, Weston prompt1y responded that if they 'would do so, he would give a granite boulder. The offer was conveyed to the William Capers chapter of Columbia, which accepted it and will undertake the p1acing of a bronze tablet on the boulder reciting the history of that interesting spot.

Copied from papers of Mrs. Helen Geiger Hawes Collins Sara Texas (Geiger) Geiger March 22, 1965

Copies for

Mrs. Helen Hawes Collins (daughter of Daisy Charlotte Geiger & Wm. W. Hawes)

Mrs. Annie Wolfe Roof (daughter of Frederica Geiger & ~. Archibald Wolfe)

Alex Milburn Geiger (son of Lallan Caughman & Alexander Geiger)

Sara Anne Geiger (daughter of Sara Texas Geiger & Wm. Muller Geiger)

William Henry Geiger (son of Sara Texas Geiger & Wm. Muller Geiger)



City of Cayce Municipal Complex

1800 12th Street

Cayce, South Carolina 29033

Cayce Museum is an exact replica of Cayce House.


Chronicles the history of the first European settlement in the Midlands of South Carolina, then known as "the back country". The museum interprets the agricultural, social and cultural heritage of Old Saxe Gotha (1733), Granby, Cayce and West Columbia. Exhibits emphasize periods of Colonial trade, agricultural development and transportation from the 18th Century to the present. Native American artifacts displayed date back thousands of years to when native Americans inhabited the land near the Broad, Saluda and Congaree Rivers.


Open Tuesday - Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Open Saturday - Sunday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Closed Mondays & holidays


Adults 2.00

Senior citizens 1.00

Students (Ages 13 & over) 1.00

Students (Ages 12 & under) .50


(* Pre-arranged group tours are free, donations always accepted.)

TELEPHONE: 803-796-9020 (Ext. # 3030)

803-739-5385 Direct line to museum

803-796-9072 Fax

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This material was graciously submitted by Ms. Sara Texas Geiger-Geiger for inclusion on this web page at my request.  All material so attributed to her is copyright ©2000 Ms. Sara Texas Geiger-Geiger, all rights reserved.  Many thanks to Helen Skinner for obtaining and mailing this material!

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