South Carolina

Camden – Kershaw County, South Carolina

South Carolina  |  SC Picture Project  |  Kershaw County Photos  |  Camden

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

Bill Fitzpatrick of Taylors © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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

Bill Fitzpatrick of Taylors © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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

SCIWAY © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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
GPS Coordinates: 34.246669,-80.606986

Camden Map

Camden – Add Info and More Photos

The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Camden, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!


The South Carolina Picture Project is a volunteer project which earns no profit. We work hard to ensure its accuracy, but if you see a mistake, please know that it is not intentional and that we are more than happy to update our information if it is incorrect. That said, our goal is to create something positive for our state, so please make your comments constructive if you would like them to be published. Thank you!


Join Us on Facebook
Our 5 Goals
Our Contributors
Add Info
Add Pictures
Search for Pictures
Missing Landmarks


Abbeville ACE Basin Aiken Allendale Anderson Awendaw Bamberg Banks Barns & Farms Barnwell Batesburg-Leesville Beaches Beaufort Beech Island Belton Bennettsville Bishopville Blackville Bluffton Bridges Bygone Landmarks Camden Carnegie Libraries Cemeteries Charleston Charleston Navy Base Cheraw Chester Churches Clemson Clinton Clio Colleges Columbia Conway Cordesville Courthouses Darlington Denmark Dillon Donalds Easley Edgefield Edisto Elloree Fairfax Florence Folly Beach Forests and Nature Preserves Fountain Inn Gaffney Garden City Beach Georgetown Glenn Springs Graniteville Greeleyville Greenville Greenwood Greer Hamburg Hampton Hartsville Hemingway Hilton Head Historical Photos Historic Houses Honea Path Hopkins Huger Hunting Island Isle of Palms Jails James Island Johns Island Johnsonville Johnston Kiawah Island Kingstree Lake City Lake Marion Lakes Lancaster Landrum Latta Laurens Lexington Libraries Lighthouses Little River Manning Marion McClellanville McCormick Military Mills Moncks Corner Mountains Mount Carmel Mount Pleasant Mullins Murrells Inlet Myrtle Beach National Register Newberry Ninety Six North Augusta North Charleston North Myrtle Beach Orangeburg Pacolet Parks Pawleys Island Pendleton Pickens Piers Pinopolis Plantations Port Royal Post Offices Ravenel Restaurants Ridge Spring Ridgeway Rivers Roadside Oddities Robert Mills Rock Hill Rockville Rosenwald Schools Salters Saluda Savannah River Site SC Artists SC Heroes of the Alamo Schools Seneca Shrimp Boats Society Hill Spartanburg Sports Springs St. George St. Helena Island St. Matthews Stores Sullivan's Island Summerton Summerville Sumter Sunset Synagogues Town Clocks Trains & Depots Trees Trenton Turbeville Ulmer Union Wadmalaw Island Walhalla Walterboro Waterfalls Water Towers West Columbia Westminster Winnsboro Yemassee York