Play for a Day.... or stay for the week - Camden is the perfect stop for History buffs of all ages!

Battle of Camden Sign
Battle of Camden on Flat Rock Road

Camden, South Carolina’s middle name might as well be “history buff.” With its significant colonial and Revolutionary War history, Camden served as the site for two major engagements from 1780 – 1781, the Battle of Camden and the Battle of Hobkirk’s Hill.

Artifacts from the Battle of Camden

Revolutionary War buffs and those just interested in American history will find plenty to see at Historic Camden’s Revolutionary War Site, a sprawling 107-acre museum site that focuses on Camden’s importance to the war’s Southern campaigns and colonial life in the backcountry. Explore the reconstructed Cornwallis House and c. 1800 McCaa’s Tavern as well as other period structures. Don’t miss Camden’s Revolutionary War Days, where the war comes to life each November.

 

 

 

The Camden Archives and Museum is home to one of the best genealogical research facilities in South Carolina and permanent and rotating exhibits on Kershaw County and the City of Camden’s history.

Larry Doby

The Archives and Museum also recently opened the African American Cultural Center in a two-room house with a collection of artifacts and documents highlighting the rich history of our African American Community. The cultural center offers two exhibits annually for a limited time, like a recent exhibit about Larry Doby, Camden Native and Baseball Hall of Famer, who was also the first African American to play baseball for the American League.

Branch - a perfect Boykin Spaniel

South Carolina’s state dog is the Boykin Spaniel—the little brown dog whose heritage is firmly traced to our neck of the woods. One look at this breed’s curly ears and soft coat will have you hooked, but their hunting ability is why Boykin lovers keep coming back to these dogs. 

The Boykin Spaniel Society is the home of all things Boykin-related. To see these dogs in action, don’t miss the annual Boykin Spaniel Society’s National Field Trials each April, which includes the Boykin Spaniel Invasion! tour. It’s fun for kids of all ages.

The City of Camden also has a free downloadable app for audio tours of the area’s nine different historic districts. The Official Camden Audio Tours app is like having a personal tour guide helping you meander through Camden. The Hobkirk’s Hill District audio tour, for example, gives you a chance to see many of Camden’s Antebellum Homes, nearly all of which are still privately owned and occupied. The app gives visitors exclusive information and history about our historic homes, and Camden has more of these beautiful homes than anywhere in South Carolina. The tour will also lead you through a Revolutionary War battlefield and more.