COLUMBIA — The National Park Service, SCANA Corp. and the River Alliance plan to bring 1865's Battle of Congaree Creek to life as part of Cayce's planned 12,000-Year History Park. It's an attraction that the University of South Carolina has estimated could draw 150,000 visitors a year.
The utility is building a winding, two-mile concrete trail through what will become the history park. The trail will give visitors access to the battlefield, including the 11/2 miles of original Civil War earthworks. The trail should be completed by December.
Also, the River Alliance has a $39,400 grant from the Park Service to study Union deployments in the battle.
The agencies and SCANA will hold a public input session at SCETV on Aug. 26.
More than 12,000 years ago, mammoths may have roamed the creekbanks. But for sure there were prehistoric Indian settlements among the bluffs and forests. Researchers have discovered arrowheads and shattered pots used 11,000 to 12,000 years ago.