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Historical 2017 Eclipse Viewing at Historic Harriet Barber House
Lower Richland Heritage Corridor

ECLIPSE Viewing activities will be held on the open fields of the Historic Harriet Barber House on Monday, August 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. SERCO is joining our partners, The Congaree National Park and Friends of Congaree to present an unobstructed alternative viewing site in the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor. Activities will also include entertainment, eclipse educational activities and guided tours of the Historic Harriet Barber House. Also, a Pig Picking and other Food Truck dining will be available. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Coolers are not allowed. Escape the heat, traffic congestion, asphalt and pavement in Columbia and relax in the beautiful rural setting at the Harriet Barber House!

The path of the eclipse, also known as the “Path of Totality” will include South Carolina with Lower Richland and Congaree National Park located directly in the path. As the sun begins to be obscured by the moon, darkness will begin to settle on the region. For approximately 2 ½ minutes the sun will be completely blocked with only its outer rays visible. Special eclipse viewing glasses will be provided.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, and includes parking, special viewing glasses and entertainment (FREE for Children, 12 years old and under). Pig Picking meals are $7.00, per person. Food Truck offerings will also be available. Water and iced beverages will be sold to benefit the educational programs at the Harriet Barber House. Persons interested in pre-paying for Admission and/or Pig-Picking may do so through PayPal –

The Historic Harriet Barber House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built on farm land in the early 1880’s, and is located at 116 Barberville Loop, off Lower Richland Boulevard, Hopkins, SC 29061. SERCO may be contacted at 803-261-5596 or



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15 Years of Celebrating the richly diverse culture of the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor.

Watch for details soon!


BBQ, Blues & Jazz

Friday, October 6th  – 7:00 PM

Historic Harriet Barber House – 116 Barberville Loop – Hopkins, SC 29061

(Lower Richland Boulevard off Garners Ferry Road)


Congaree SwampFest

Saturday, October 7th – 11:00 AM

Two Locations

Old Mount Moriah Yard – 1001 Old Bluff Road, Hopkins, SC 29061

Congaree National Park – 100 National Park Drive, Hopkins, SC 29061

FREE admission and FREE parking

SwampFest is sponsored by SERCO and the Richland County Hospitality Tax Fund. Please contact to obtain further information, schedule a press interview, or become a vendor.


Memorial Day 2017

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The 12th annual Memorial Day in Hopkins, SC on Monday, May 29th began with a SOLEMN CEREMONY at the St. John Resurrection Memorial Garden (also known as the Government Cemetery), on Ault Road, 12:00 Noon. The special guest speaker was Walter L. Watson, Jr., Colonel USAF retired. The McGrady Training Center Cadets, led by Master Sergeant Brown, performed the Flag Ceremony. The Lower Richland Veterans Formation performed special tributes. This ceremony was sponsored the J.P. Holley Funeral Home and the Lower Richland Veterans Formation.

Following at 1:00 p.m., there was a procession to the historic Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop – off Lower Richland Boulevard, where the CELEBRATION is was held with a family-oriented day of fun until 5:00 P.M.   Walter L. Watson, Jr., Colonel USAF Retired brought additional greetings and 1st SG Carnell Simmons Retired performed The Missing Man Ceremony. FREE Lunch was served, and entertainment was provided by the Entity Band and others. 

This event for family and friends of all ages was sponsored by South East Rural Community Outreach (SERCO) and Lower Richland Veterans Formation.



Memorial Day 2016 – THE MOVING WALL



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2016 Memorial Day Solemn Commemoration & Heritage Celebratng Replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

SERCO is honored to present “THE MOVING WALL” which is the official traveling replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial, as a part of our Memorial Day – Solemn Commemoration and Heritage Celebration on May 30, 2016.  The replica is impressive; it is 252.83 feet long, and six feet high at the vertex. “THE MOVING WALL” will be on view on the grounds of the Historic Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins, SC 29061 at SERCO’s Heritage Celebration, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Activities will include a wreath laying at “THE MOVING WALL”, a Salute to Vietnam era Veterans, Lower Richland Veterans Formation presentation, and Entertainment. Food vendors will also be present.

Prior to the Heritage Celebration, a Solemn Commemoration will be held at 12:00 Noon, at the St. John Resurrection Memorial Gardens (Government Cemetery), Ault Road-off Clarkson Road, Hopkins, SC, and followed by a procession to the Heritage Celebration at the Historic Harriet Barber House. 

Many people who would never be able to travel to Washington, DC, will have the opportunity to see what the actual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall depicts, and perhaps “feel” emotions similar to those evoked by the actual Wall.  Most importantly, the presentation of “THE MOVING WALL”  is an opportunity to honor persons who have served in our military and provide an educational experience to youth and adults.

The public is invited to attend this FREE event. For further information, please contact SERCO at, or visit our website –


9TH Annual Holiday Taste & Tour – Dec. 5th – 12:00 Noon

There is something magical during Taste & Tour time! The Village of Hopkins comes alive. SERCO’s 9th Annual Holiday Taste & Tour promises to bring a memorable “Old Fashioned Holiday” to the Historic Village of Hopkins on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 p.m. The Village is located just 11 miles from Columbia at 214 Old Hopkins Road, and intersecting Lower Richland Boulevard.

History tells us that this was once a bustling location, originally named “Hopkins Turnout” between 1836 and 1842, when the South Carolina Railroad from Charleston completed a turntable there. Through the 1920’s, the Village of Hopkins was thriving with general stores, gin mills, industries, residences and a Town Hall.  SERCO has taken on a labor of love to recreate a similar atmosphere.

This year, our Honorary Santa, Richland County Councilmember Kelvin Washington, District 10, will be joined by Tiffany James, The COMET Elf! They will lead SERCO’s “Stuff a COMET” drive to collect children’s toys on behalf of the Salvation Army. Donors may drive-thru and drop off gifts. Youth and other volunteers from Lower Richland High will be stationed to accept items.

But, we expect you’ll want to park and join us for a day of fun

There is a full schedule of FREE activities for guests, including delicious FREE Food Samplings: BBQ, Adluh Flour Pound Cake Bake-Off, Carriage-Carnival & Santa Trackless Train Rides, an Elvis Presley & James Brown Contest with prizes, judged by Elvis & James professional impersonators. Stage Entertainment (Tom Coolidge –One Man Band, Carlos “Teddy G” Santan, Chorus, and more to come), Local History Museum, Vendors for gifts, crafts, BINGO, flea and farmers markets. FREE parking is available next to the event site, and shuttle service is provided. For additional information, please e-mail or call/text 803-261-5596. This event is sponsored by SERCO, and is made possible by a Richland County Hospitality Tax Grant.



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As South East Rural Community Outreach (SERCO) is dedicated to historical preservation and enhancing communities within the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor, activities are presented with the efforts to showcase the area’s rich and diverse culture, and to attract visitors to Lower Richland, the City of Columbia, and the state. Some activities include commemorations for national holidays such as Independence, Veterans and Memorial Days. For each, this non-profit organization strives to include lessons from history.

This year marks the 150TH anniversary of the June 19, 1865 celebration which followed Major General Gordon Grainger’s reading of General Order No. 3, emancipating slaves in Galveston, Texas. SERCO recognizes that Juneteenth isn’t just a commemoration of ending the last bastion of slavery in the United States, it is a tribute to the vision of America’s founding premise: Independence for this entire great nation.  SERCO’s Juneteenth Celebration is a history lesson.

All who honor the basic principles of freedom, human dignity, and equality for everyone, are invited to SERCO’s 2nd Annual Juneteenth – Historical Observation & Old Fashion Social. There will be a dramatic skit by the Mt. Moriah Performing Arts Ministry, entertainment by Horizon Band SC and others, food (symbolic of that served at the first Juneteenth in Galveston, Texas – June 19, 1865), and good old fashion socializing. THIS IS A FREE EVENT, and will be held at the Historical Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins, SC 29061 -7:00 p.m. Contact info: 803-251-5596,,



Historic Columbia Foundation -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.