Camden – Kershaw County, South Carolina


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Camden is South Carolina’s oldest inland town. It was founded in 1732, after King George II ordered the establishment of a town on the Wateree River.

Camden SC at Christmas

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Its strategic location meant it played an important role in the Revolutionary War, as the British occupied Camden in their effort to subdue the backcountry. Following heavy losses at the Battle of Hobkirk Hill in April 1781, the Redcoats left, burning most of the town.

Second Presbyterian Church of Camden

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Today, Camden retains much of its historic charm. Its downtown historic district is home to more than 60 historic buildings. Camden’s Springdale Race Course hosts the Colonial Cup in fall and the Carolina Cup in spring.

Horses Forbidden on Sidewalks

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Camden has a rich equine history, a by-product of the late 19th century influx of wealthy northerners in town. Horses are such a part of life in Camden that signage reminds horse riders: “Horses Forbidden on Sidewalks.”

For a more complete overview, check out the SCIWAY News article: Camden: A Trot Through History.

Camden Info


Address: US Highway 521 at US Highway 1, Camden, SC 29020
Website: http://www.cityofcamden.org/

Camden Map



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