FOCUS: Lower Richland, is a unique 3-day event promoting Lower Richland County, SC Heritage Corridor. Activities designed for tourists as well as those with special interest/work related to historical preservation/conservation, tourism, and agri-education. The 3-day event begins with a Juneteenth Reception. Days following include tour options, a Farm-to-Table Feast on Wavering Place Plantation grounds, Youth Education Field Day, and Workshops & Expo. FREE event/registration is requested.
SwampFest is a popular two-day fall event celebrating Lower Richland County’s rich heritage. Part I – BBQ, Blues & Jazz -Friday night – Historic Harriet Barber House. Part II -”SwampFest at the Congaree” – Saturday – FREE: Held in two locations: Congaree National Park & adjoining yard of historic Old Mt. Moriah Church.
The Harriet Barber House has always been used as a residence for members of the Barber Family. The original residence was a two-room log cabin built for Sam and Harriet Barber in 1870. When this small structure burned, a new two-room house was built around 1880 at the same location.
South East Rural Community Outreach (SERCO) is an organization whose mission is to create partnerships within the Lower Richland Community to provide charitable, religious, educational, and scientific programs to strengthen and expand the capacity of the community for a better quality of life for its residents.
SERCO plans to develop the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor in partnership with the Harriet Barber House, the Kensington Mansion and the Congaree National Park. The Heritage Corridor will enchance Richland County’s inventory of venues by offering a variety of events that will attract a diverse audience to the historical sites in the Lower Richland area.
If you are interested in finding more information about SERCO or the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor, please contact us here, or you can contact one of the advisory board members directly.read more
The 9th annual event begins with a Memorial Day Commemoration at the St. John ResurrectionMemorialGarden (also known as the GovernmentCemetery), on Ault Road. The solemn ceremony will begin at 12:00 Noon, with the SC Combat Veterans Group & Lower Richland Veterans Formation performing a special tribute. The special guest speaker will be Retired Col. Clarke McGriff, US Army. This ceremony is being sponsored the J.P. Holley Funeral Home, the Lower Richland Veterans Formation and the SC Combat Veterans Group.
Following at 1:00 p.m., there will be a procession to the historic Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop – off Lower Richland Boulevard, where the Heritage Celebration continues with a family-oriented day of fun until 5:00 P.M. Retired Col. McGriff will bring greetings, and there will be FREE entertainment by the Second Nature Band from Camden and others, a kiddy carnival, hay rides, and food/other vendors.
“FOCUS: Lower Richland” - Juneteenth Historical Reception,Thursday, June 19, 6:00p.m.-9:00 p.m.- Historic Harriet Baber House. Special Guest:Renown Artist Jonathan Green (see: jonathangreenstudios.com)
“FOCUS: Lower Richland” - Farm-to-Table Feast, Friday, June 20, 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Historic Wavering Place Plantation. (see:waveringplaceplantation.com)
Historic Columbia Foundation -Each year the Historic Columbia Foundation offers Awards of Excellence, which recognize groups and individuals whose work impacts the preservation of the “built” culture of our area and illuminates our history to residents of Columbia and Richland County. This year Historic Columbia Foundation presented the Celia Mann Award to the South East Rural Community Outreach Board. The Celia Mann Award is presented to a neighborhood or district that has researched and preserved, through a cohesive effort, structures and common areas in the region. The award was presented to Marie Barber Adams and the SERCO Board members at the annual meeting of the Historic Columbia Foundation, October 19, 2009 at the Seibels Gardens in Columbia.read more
SERCO formed a coalition of representatives from community groups (churches, educational advocacy organizations) and significant Lower Richland natural and historic sites, local historians and preservation advocates, meeting at least once a month to review projects and organize programs.read more