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History

Looking For a Little History?

Well, we’ve got more than a few of stories to tell in one of the most important centers for South Carolina’s American Revolutionary War story. Camden truly is a history lover’s shangri-la. With so many historic sites, battle sites, districts, homes, museums and more; the pages of history unfold in Camden, SC. Whether you’re digging deep into the people and stories of the Southern Campaign, hunting for relics and memorabilia in our bevvy of incredible museums or ready to walk through history with live RevWar battle re-enactments, exhibits and more; Plan your trip below. Reconnect with our spirit of independence and freedom. History comes alive in Camden, SC.

Top Experiences & Destinations

Camden SC is the perfect destination to base your exploration of Colonial South Carolina and the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. And with so many historic sites, battlefield sites, districts, homes, museums and more to choose from; you should plan a multi-day stay! We’ve assembled some of the best experiences, events and destinations for the history buff in all of us. Enjoy!

Museums

African American Cultural Center of Camden

The Center highlights the history and contributions of Camden’s African American community with exhibits, events and conversations. The Center’s exhibits relate the stories of the African American experience in Camden, through the centuries.

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Arts Center of Kershaw County

Visit the artistic hub of Kershaw County with a trip to The Arts Center.  Expanded programming, a campus expansion and a new generation of leadership are behind the Arts Center’s trajectory as a major tourist attraction for visitors to Camden

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Camden Archives & Museum

Learn about the people and stories that shaped our community at the Camden Archives & Museum.  With its extensive and diverse collection of artifacts, local historical and genealogical records, the Archives is recognized as one of the finest genealogical research facilities in South Carolina.

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Revolutionary War Park and Historic Camden

One of the most significant attractions in South Carolina, Historic Camden’s Revolutionary War Park and Longleaf Pine Preserve serves as the gateway to the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution and the Liberty Trail in South Carolina. The 110-acre park includes the Historic Camden Colonial Village, Longleaf Pine Preserve, nature trails,  historic homes and self-directed/guided tours to help you immerse yourself in Colonial South Carolina.

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National Steeplechase Museum

There’s a reason Camden is called the “Steeplechase Capital of the World”.  For a first-class, one of a kind experience, a visit and tour of Camden’s National Steeplechase Museum is essential. Here you will step into the world of steeplechase racing and learn about the incredible athletes – the breeders, jockeys and horses that have made glorious contributions to one of America’s grandest sports.

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Revolutionary War Visitor’s Center at Camden

Revolutionary War Visitor Center at Camden is the nation’s first permanent exhibit dedicated to telling the story of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution and South Carolina’s role in turning the tide of the war for independence.  The Center is also the gateway to all Camden and Kershaw County have to offer – from historic sites and regional festivals to a multitude of events and activities.

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Historic Sites

Battle of Boykin's Mill

Come explore the American Civil War battle site where local Confederate forces were outnumbered by 2,500 Federal troops including the famous 54th Massachusetts Regiment.

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Battle of Camden

On August 16, 1780, more than 2000 British and Loyalist troops under Lt. General Lord Cornwallis met and defeated over 4,000 American troops commanded by the “Hero of Saratoga,” General Horatio Gates. The Battle of Camden was the worst Patriot defeat of the American Revolution.

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Battle of Hobkirk's Hill

In April, 1781, the American and British armies clashed once again in Camden at the Battle of Hobkirk’s Hill.  Today, although the battle site is now a residential area, wayfinder signs allow visitors to follow in the foot steps of the soldiers who fought to determine the future of South Carolina.

The Bonds Conway House

Designed in 1825, the fully-restored historic Robert Mills Courthouse features a copper roof, brick floors, vaulted central hallway and double arched ceilings downstairs. The second floor courtroom is restored to conform to the building’s 1845 renovation. Mills, the first American-trained architect, also designed the Washington Monument and the U.S. Treasury Building in Washington, D.C.

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Tours

Camden Historic Districts Tour

history ranging from the Revolutionary War era to the antebellum South to the winter residences established in the early 1900s.

Experience Camden Like a Local

Experience The Battle of Camden

Experience The American Revolution Up Close!

This all outdoor, family friendly event is the largest force-on-force reenactment in the nation! You will see hundreds of Crown and Patriot reenactors, full scale battles, period entertainment including fire-erupting cannons and a host of other incredible American Revolution experiences. Bring the kids, bring the family and bring your appetite. Food vendors onsite and downtown camden eats and treats are just minutes away.

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Walk Through History at Camden’s Revolutionary War Park

Experience The Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Like Never Before

Camden is dripping with Revolutionary War History. It’s one of the most significant battle sites in the entire Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War. Plan a weekend of history, hospitality and incredible experiences with a trip to Camden’s Revolutionary War Park. Explore the Colonial Village at Historic Camden. Meander through the pines on the 3+ mile nature trail with interpretive signage. Learn about South Carolina’s leading role in turning the tide of war at the Revolutionary War Visitor’s Center. And don’t forget to stop off in downtown Camden for a bit to eat after all that history!

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Visit The Revolutionary War Visitors Center at Camden

earn About The Real Turning Point in The American Revolution - The Southern Campaign

The Revolutionary War Visitor Center at Camden is the gateway to both South Carolina’s pivotal role in the American Revolution and the multitude of things to do and see in Camden-Kershaw County. The Center tells the story of the real turning point of the Revolution – The Southern Campaign. Discover Friends and Foes of the cause as well as the hard-fought battles by determined patriots with their hearts set on liberty.

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