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Natural and Cultural History of Congaree River

Join Park Rangers, Jon Manchester, David Shelley, and Liz Struhar, from Congaree National Park to learn about the natural and cultural history of the Congaree River, how it has affected the landscape and the people who call Richland County home, and what Congaree National Park is doing today to preserve this landscape and special waterway. This program will be held, Thursday August 31, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at Richland Library, Main in the Theater on the Second Level. Click here to register.


Amazon Says: Through the striking color images of more than twenty photographers and text by John Cely, this book shares with readers the beauty and legacy of the Cowasee Basin. Located in more...
Amazon Says: Through the striking color images of more than twenty photographers and text by John Cely, this book shares with readers the beauty and legacy of the Cowasee Basin. Located in central South Carolina along the Congaree, Wateree, and Upper Santee Rivers, the 215,000 acre Cowasee Basin, an acronym for the three rivers that hold it together, features some of the most significant biological, historical, and cultural resources in North America. The heart of the basin is Congaree National Park, the Palmetto State's only national park, a landmark which features extraordinary biological diversity including one of the tallest hardwood forests in the temperate world along with six national champion trees and two dozen state champion trees.The Cowasee Basin is also the home of the beautiful Poinsett State Park, Manchester State Forest, the Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve, and the finest flat water paddling destination in South Carolina, Sparkleberry Swamp. The rivers and abundant hills make Cowasee a sportsman's and naturalist's paradise. The region is also steeped in historical significance. It was the scene of the very first exploration of the North American interior when Hernando De Soto and his 600 Spanish conquistadors traveled through the area in the spring of 1540 searching for the legendary Indian town of Cofitachequi. Later the English explorer John Lawson traveled through the "High Hills of the Santee" along the basin's eastern border and provided perhaps the first written description of Cooks Mountain. During the American Revolution, Cowasee was the setting for some of that war's most distinguished leaders, including General Nathanael Greene; Thomas Sumter; Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox;" William "Danger" Thomson; and "Light-horse" Harry Lee. After the revolution, cotton profits and slavery allowed for the construction of some of the finest antebellum plantation homes ever built in America, four of which still stand: the Borough House, Kensington Mansion, Millford, and Mulberry. The basin is also home to thirty sites on the National Register of Historic Places and one National Historic District, Stateburg. Cowasee Basin includes a preface by Billy Cate, executive director of the Congaree Land Trust, and a foreword by Walter Edgar, South Carolina's leading historian and author of South Carolina: A History. Publication was made possible by the generosity of the Dorothy and Edward Kendall Foundation and grants from Friends of Congaree Swamp and the Richland County Conservation Commission. less...
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Columbia, South Carolina: by Alexia Helsley
Amazon Says: Columbia sits on hills overlooking the Congaree, Saluda and Broad Rivers. The name evokes sanctuary and the American spirit. Its central location in the state makes it the mee more...
Amazon Says: Columbia sits on hills overlooking the Congaree, Saluda and Broad Rivers. The name evokes sanctuary and the American spirit. Its central location in the state makes it the meeting place of the Upstate and the Lowcountry. The all-American city sprang from wilderness, frame buildings and unpaved streets and valiantly responded to the challenges of change. The city was created by the legislature to be the capital and reflects the "ambitions and fortunes" of South Carolina. Columbia is a diverse city that serves as an educational incubator, a magnet for immigrants, a military center and a place to celebrate the arts. Follow author Alexia Jones Helsley as she weaves together the strands of Columbia's long and eventful past. less...
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Amazon Says: South Carolina is state of great natural beauty and rich biodiversity. From mountainous rainforests to isolated barrier islands, the Palmetto State is a remarkable place to en more...
Amazon Says: South Carolina is state of great natural beauty and rich biodiversity. From mountainous rainforests to isolated barrier islands, the Palmetto State is a remarkable place to encounter abundant plant and animal life. Wild South Carolina, compiled by a mother-daughter team of naturalists, delves into the most intriguing outdoor destinations, offering advice on how, when, and where to experience the state’s ecological treasures.Organized by region and illustrated with more than 150 color photographs, this guidebook presents handpicked tours of 38 special parks, wildlife refuges, heritage preserves, and other public lands.Discover the federally endangered peregrine falcon in the ACE Basin, the breathtaking synchronized displays of fireflies at Congaree National Park, the world’s largest showing of rocky shoals spider lilies on the Catawba River, the rare Oconee bells nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the world’s oldest cypress-tupelo forest, and many more spectacular sights. Bike, hike, paddle, or even ride a horse while visiting the state’s dramatic waterfalls, boardwalk swamp trails, lighthouses, limestone caverns, a Moorish-styled castle, and much more.Observe deceptively-beautiful carnivorous plants in full bloom, tundra swans lounging in former rice paddies, and hundreds of raptors flying en masse along rocky cliffs. Grab a pair of binoculars, a water bottle, and your copy of Wild South Carolina to explore the best of South Carolina’s natural areas! Experience the wealth of South Carolina’s wonders first hand. less...
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Amazon Says: Hikes and walks from the mountains to the Lowcountry Seasoned hiking author Johnny Molloy details 50 hikes of varied lengths and difficulties throughout verdant South C more...
Amazon Says: Hikes and walks from the mountains to the Lowcountry Seasoned hiking author Johnny Molloy details 50 hikes of varied lengths and difficulties throughout verdant South Carolina, from the Chattooga River to the diverse terrain of the Midlands, including Congaree National Park, all the way to the Lowcountry, land of beaches and forgotten swamps and designated wildernesses. Specific emphasis is placed on the most scenic destinations and unique places that make the Palmetto State special. Each hike includes a helpful information section, trail map, trailhead directions, and stunning photographs, with intriguing commentary about the human or natural history along the way. 50 color photographs less...
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Amazon Says: Columbia - City of Rivers, Vistas and Dreams - by Tom Poland more...
Amazon Says: Columbia - City of Rivers, Vistas and Dreams - by Tom Poland less...
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Amazon Says: Follow the winding ways of the Congaree, the Broad and the Saluda through history, and learn how three splendid and historic waterways shaped the industries and communities of more...
Amazon Says: Follow the winding ways of the Congaree, the Broad and the Saluda through history, and learn how three splendid and historic waterways shaped the industries and communities of Columbia. The history of Columbia dates to 1786, when the South Carolina General Assembly moved the seat of government from Charleston to a plateau overlooking the Congaree River at the confluence of the Broad and Saluda. These three rivers helped transport people and goods, power textile mills, generate energy and support a growing community. Now, former industrial sites are giving way to recreational areas, and the heritage and natural beauty of the rivers emerge afresh. Author and photographer Vennie Deas-Moore captures both the beauty and the history of these waterways in this lovely volume. less...
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