Congaree SwampFest

The 18th Annual Congaree SwampFest will take place October 1 – 2, 2021 at the historic Harriet Barber House and grounds and the Congaree National Park. This programming was supported with funding from a Growth Grant from South Carolina Humanities. Funding for the Growth Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

The events on Saturday, October 2 are free and open to the public. The Congaree Swampfest includes a variety of cultural and humanities-based programs, such as a re-enactment and historic presentation about Buffalo soldiers at 12:15 p.m., the appearance of the Sumter Tribe Cheraw Indians demonstrating Native American drumming and dance at 12:30 p.m., a presentation by “Cultural Expressions: African Drummers and Dancers” at 1:00 p.m, guided tours of the historic Harriet Barber House and the Congaree National Park’s Harry Hampton Visitors Center, and living history presentations and demonstrations.

Free parking will be available on and near the festival site, Historic Harriet Barber House & Grounds, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins, SC 29061, with some limited free parking in the Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Drive, off Old Bluff Road, Hopkins, SC. A free shuttle  will carry visitors from the festival site to the national park. Activities will run throughout the day, offering a free and great opportunity for visitors to experience the rich culture of the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor.

More information can be found at Masks and social distancing are strongly recommended by the event organizers.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 21-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.