The Southeastern Conference on Historic Sites Archaeology (SECHSA) will be held August 7th and 8th, 2020 at the Tennis and Fitness Center in Cayce, South Carolina.

The venue is located at a trailhead for the Twelve Thousand Year History Park, which contains Native American sites, the location of the first Fort Congaree, and a Confederate Civil War earthwork.

Call for Papers

Papers should be 15 to 20 minutes long. If you plan to give a presentation or bring a poster to display, abstracts are due by June 30th, 2020. Thematic sessions are welcomed, but all abstracts for the session must be grouped together at the time they are submitted.

Please include the following information:

  • Paper Title
  • Authors and their affiliation
  • Email Address
  • Abstract: No more than 300 words.

Please email abstracts to Natalie Pope. You will receive a confirmation email.

About the City of Cayce

The modern city of Cayce (incorporated in 1914) was once the focus of early trade, commerce, and settlement. Early trade began with the construction of Fort Congaree in 1718 to facilitate the deer skin trade between European settlers and the Catawba and Cherokee Indians. The fort closed in 1722 and about a decade later a backcountry township called “the Congarees” was laid out in the vicinity of the old fort and Thomas and Patrick Brown established a trading post nearby. This was one of eight backcountry townships implemented by Governor Robert Johnson to bring more European settlers to South Carolina.


By the mid 1730s, Swiss and German settlers began to arrive and settle the township, which had been renamed “Saxe Gotha” in 1737.  Due to flooding and other issues, the town itself died out and the village of Granby, located immediately north of Saxe Gotha, essentially replaced the town. No real center of activity, or village had developed in the township until businesses started locating near Friday’s Ferry, which crossed the Congaree River at what would become Granby.


Many of the Saxe Gotha settlers moved slightly north to the hub of activity in the village of Granby that was developing in the late 1750s. A trading post was founded by James Chesnut and Joseph Kershaw in 1765. It was known as the "Congaree Store" and became one of the first important trading posts in the interior of the colony. It was used to store cotton and other products to be shipped by boat to coastal towns.


As land upriver was cleared for cotton farming, Granby became prone to flooding and the county seat was relocated in 1818 to Lexington. Meanwhile, Columbia, on the opposite side of the river, was made South Carolina's capital in 1786 spurring its growth and the further decline of Granby. 

Conference Details


August 7th: Presentations from 8 am to 5 pm Friday Night Reception: To Be Determined August 8th: Presentations from 8 am to noon. Saturday Afternoon Tour Information: To Be Determined


The Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center is located at 1120 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce, South Carolina. It is located off of I-77. Take the 12th Street Extension exit toward Cayce and Fort Congaree Trail is Read more…


We will be looking to obtain a conference rate at the Courtyard by Marriot hotel located at 1125 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce, SC 29033. It is across the street from the conference venue.


Complete this form to submit your registration for SECHSA 2020

Registration fees for the conference has not yet been set, but will be no more than $30 per person. 

Due to uncertainties regarding Covid-19, payment will be made at the door.

Registration Form