"In the summer of 1781 General Nathaniel Greene, commander of the American Continental Army in the South, needed to get a message to General Thomas Sumter. Unfortunately, British Lord Francis Rawdon and his large army lay between Greene's and Sumter's camps." Emily Geiger, who was a farmer's daughter, volunteered to deliver the message. She rode her horse, pretending to be on the way to her Uncle Jacob's home, many miles. She was captured near the Congaree River by 3 Tory soldiers. While they went to find a "matron" to search her, Emily read the message then tore it into little pieces and ate it. Finding no message, the soldiers apologized and sent her on to her uncle's home with an escort. The following morning, Emily set out for General Sumter's camp, where she delivered the message. And saved the day..."

(The Secret Message by Idella Bodie, supplied by, and thanks to, C. Ward)

Cayce Historical Museum has a Geiger room.  Cayce is just across the Congaree, west of Columbia.  The Cayce Historical Museum presents the legacy and history of the Old Saxe Gotha, Granby, and Cayce areas. The focal point of the museum is a reconstruction of the Trading Post established by James Chestnut and Joseph Kershaw at Granby Village in 1765. Granby was an important river trading market (established long before Columbia) on the Congaree River. With the eventual growth of Columbia as the capital, Granby gradually declined as a community.

Six exhibit areas-Trading Post Room, Saxe Gotha - Granby Room, Emily Geiger Room, Victorian Room, Cayce Room and Visitors Center-emphasize periods of Indians, Colonial activity and trade, agricultural development and transportation in the area.

Location: 1800 12th Street Extension - Cayce, SC; Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 2-5 p.m.  Telephone: (803) 796-9020

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