9112 Old Number 6 Hwy
Santee, SC 29142
Phone: (803) 854-3870
Fax: (803) 854-2801
Arts & Museums
This museum site was once the home of Revolutionary War hero, General Thomas Sumter, known as
This gallery features local, regional and national changing exhibits in the antebellum home of late regional artist Elizabeth White. There is a permanent collection of White's work, as well as a touchable exhibit for the visually impaired, a gift shop, and an art school that offers classes for all ages.
Home to prehistoric artifacts from the Ice Age, as well as splendid pieces from the Revolutionary and Civil War, this 5,600 square foot state-of-the-art museum also contains the remnants of the Santee Canal which was completed in 1800 and a facility that traces the area's history back 12,000 years. Living history workshops are available.
Located in a former police department building in the historic district, this small 1993 museum houses exhibits, relics, models and artifacts about the history of Summerville and surrounding area. By appointment, one-hour walking tours are offered by the museum that take visitors past Victorian and pre-Civil War plantation homes (around USD10 adults, USD5 children ages 12-17, and free for children under 12). The museum also has a gift shop with books and activity books for children. In March the museum holds a plant sale and on the third Thursday of each month it holds a gathering open to the public with live entertainment and carriage rides. Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. No credit cards; cash and checks accepted; street parking only. -Natasha Lawrence
Middleton Place is an 18th Century rice plantation and National Historic Landmark comprising 65 acres (26 hectares) of America’s oldest landscaped Gardens, the Middleton Place House Museum and the Plantation Stableyards. The Gardens reflect the elegant symmetry of 17th Century European design. Sculpted terraces, parterres and reflecting pools full of swans are highlights of their intricate design. Rare camellias bloom in the winter, while vibrant azaleas blanket the hillside above the Rice Mill Pond in the spring. Tickets for house tours are separate from the general admission fee.
The U.S. Army Chaplain Museum, located at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School, tells the history of the U.S. Army Chaplaincy, which was implemented in 1775. Artifacts on display include kits and religious items, such as alters, organs, and vestments that have used on the frontline to provide spiritual and medical comfort. Inspirational stories are also a valuable part of the museum.
One of over 60 Army museums located across the country and around the world, this museum depicts this history of the Adjutant General Corps from 1775 to present and contains numerous exhibits, materials, and general information on the history of the U.S. Army.
Drayton Hall is a National Trust Historic site resting on 630 lovely acres (254 hectares). The building was completed in 1742, and today it stands as a quality example of Georgian-Palladian architecture; in fact it is the oldest surviving example of this architectural style. Owned by the Drayton family for seven generations, the house remains near to its original condition, though it has been through the Revolutionary War and several hurricanes and earthquakes. This is a true piece of history, so come explore the house and enjoy the pastoral grounds. Drayton Hall regularly hosts school field trips and other educational opportunities.
Located on the campus of the University of South Carolina, the McKissick Museum can trace its origins way back to 1823 after Thomas Cooper sold his precious mineral collection to the university. Over the decades, the collection kept increasing due to generous contributions from patrons who gave freely of their political memorabilia, textiles, crafts, scientific specimens and more. The permanent collections include pottery, quilts and decorative art objects while the traveling collections are unique too. Check website for details.
The Cayce Historical Museum chronicles the history of the first European settlement in the early 1700's in the South Carolina Midlands by interpreting the agricultural, social and cultural heritage of Old Saxe Gotha, Granby, Cayce and West Columbia areas.
Robert Mills House & Garden was the residence of the renowned American architect Robert Mills. A glance at this structure will give you complete idea of his architectural brilliance and his aptitude for raising splendid buildings.
Organized in 1896, by the Wade Hampton Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the oldest museum in the Columbia area is dedicated to preserving all eras of the state's military history, with specific interest on the Civil War. The SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum features a large collection of military relics, including uniforms, flags and weapons.