SERCO’s 6th Annual Holiday Taste & Tour promises to bring a unique special feature and a most memorable “Old Fashioned Christmas” to the historic “Village of Hopkins”
The Congaree Swamp Fest is held in three locations. A record crownd gathered at the Old Mt. Moriah Church site where the entertainment stage was set. Local singers, dancers, step teams and other performers entertained the visitors, and a variety of carnival rides delighted the young children.
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
Press Release / An Invitation:
Spend Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013 in Hopkins –District 10
The 8th annual event begins with a Memorial Day Commemoration at the St. John Resurrection Memorial Garden (also known as the Government Cemetery), on Ault Road. The solemn ceremony will begin at 11:00 AM, with the SC Combat Veterans Group & Lower Richland Veterans Formation performing a special tribute. Special guests will include Major General (Retired) Nathaniel James, Founder/President of the 369th Veterans Association, Inc., who lectures on the history of the 369th Infantry Regiment, better known as the Harlem Hellfighters, and the Spann Watson Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Columbia Chapter. This ceremony is being sponsored the J.P. Holley Funeral Home, the Lower Richland Veterans Formation and the SC Combat Veterans Group. Following at 12 Noon, 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 4:00 P.M. Major General James will bring greetings, and there will be FREE entertainment by the Simple Pleasures Band from Columbia and others, a kiddy carnival, hay rides, and food/other vendors. Also, the Mustard Museum is a unique new addition to this year’s celebration, sponsored by Sonya R. Hodges, Founder 371st Historical Society, WWI. This event is sponsored by South East Rural Community Outreach (SERCO), with funding from the Richland County Hospitality Tax Fund, and admission is FREE. Richland County District 10 is served by the Honorable Councilman Kelvin Washington, Chair. For further information, please contact SERCO at 803-695-7669 or email@example.com.
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