Located on Broad Street in Camden, the Robert Mills Courthouse was completed in 1827 and remained in use a courthouse until 1906. Today, it is home to the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. While there, be sure to check out the murals depicting the Battle of Camden.
Born in Charleston, Robert Mills (1781-1855) was the architect of the Washington Monument and designed courthouses for 18 counties in South Carolina , along with many other buildings, including the Fireproof Building in Charleston.
A nearby historical marker reads, “On this corner stood the gaol (jail), built in 1771 and burned in 1812. During the Revolution the British imprisoned in it many American soldiers and civilians. Among them, after his capture near the Waxhaws, was the boy Andrew Jackson, later seventh President. He is said to have watched the Battle of Hobkirk Hill through a hole he cut in the wall of the gaol’s second story.”