Come enjoy the amazing experiences Camden and Kershaw County, South Carolina have to offer and meet the wonderful people who make it all happen.
2022 – 2023 Official Visitor Guide
Come enjoy the amazing experiences Camden and Kershaw County, South Carolina have to offer and meet the wonderful people who make it all happen.
2022 – 2023 Official Visitor Guide
Visitors from all over the world and area residents as well love to explore the charming, historic and especially walkable city of Camden. Now everyone -- near and far -- can experience their own self-guided walking tour of each of the city’s 9 historic touring districts.
By simply downloading the free CAMDEN TOUR application to a smartphone, real and “virtual” tourists can stroll and learn at their leisure the wonderful stories of more than 100 historic sites around town.
Along with visuals and audio narration by the Curator of the Camden Archives & Museum, the application includes a map of each of the touring districts, and corresponds with the Camden: Classically Carolina Area Map brochure available at
visitor locations throughout the city.
Created by the Camden Archives & Museum and Camden Tourism Development staff, the CAMDEN TOUR application synthesizes the information in the historic records and files at the Camden Archives & Museum, the Kershaw County Historical Society’s A Guide to Historic Sites in Camden, South Carolina, the National Register of Historic Places, Henry D. Boykin and Mrs. Thomas (Hope) Cooper’s title searches of more than 60 historic sites in Camden, and the 1996 survey conducted by South Carolina’s State Historic Preservation Office.
In addition to the CAMDEN TOUR application, web-based audio tours of four districts can be accessed via www. classicallycarolina.com/audiotours
Alfonso Bravo Salud Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Lounge
Stephanie Tetterton, Owner/Operator Quite Content Farm
Kathy McCaskill, Owner/Operator Old McCaskill’s Farm and B&B Inn
Cary Briggs, Executive Director Historic Camden Foundation & Rickie Good Director
Revolutionary War Visitor Center
Toby Edwards, Executive Director Carolina Cup Racing Association
Michael Cummings, Owner/Operator Carolina Motorsports Park
Dawn Crites, Executive Director Boykin Spaniel Society
Joe Cantey, Owner Hermitage Farm Shooting Sports
Jason Southers and Josh Slade, Owners Goat Daddy’s Farm
We welcome you to discover the place we call home. Here you will be able to
•ENGAGE in American revolutionary history at our Revolutionary War Visitor Center, Historic Camden Colonial Village, and the Revolutionary War sites and battlefields in Kershaw County.
•EXPERIENCE worldclass horse racing and our legendary sporting lifestyle
•TOUR our numerous historic sites, antebellum neighborhoods and lush green parks.
•UNCOVER treasures in our museums, antique shops, boutiques and art galleries.
W•KICK BACK at our classic annual festivals – Carolina Downhome Blues, Irish Fest Camden, and FIREFEST.
•LAZE on Lake Wateree, the Wateree River, Kendall Lake or N.R. Goodale State Park millpond.
•RELISH our upscale dining and downhome Southern eateries.
No matter what you choose, it’s the people behind the experience who make each guest visit memorable.
Our cover highlights a few of many here who pour heart and soul into what they do – all for your enjoyment.
We look forward to getting to know you.Suzi Sale Director Discover Camden-Kershaw County Tourism Development Mike Mischner Publisher Camden Media Company
Autumn Attic Sale -- The annual Autumn Attic Sale, to benefit the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, features a boutique of special items, jewelry, designer men’s and women’s clothing, and a variety of cook books, furniture, dishes and framed artwork.
Battle of Camden BBQ Festival
A barbecue contest, takes place at Historic Camden. The juried event also features live music. www.camdenjaycees.org.
Blankets & Bands on Town Green -- A series of free, familyfriendly concerts offered on Camden’s Town Green during the fall and spring. Enjoy live music from local and regional favorites. BYOB (bring your own blanket) and a dinner from one of the local restaurants or participating food trucks.
Boo Fest -- Taking place the Saturday before Halloween. Trick-or-Treat at local Downtown Camden businesses and enjoy free activities at various locations. Learn more at downtowncamdensc.org.
Cabela’s King Kat Tournament
Lake Wateree hosts hundreds of anglers each year in this giant competition sponsored by the City of Camden and the world’s foremost outfitter of outdoor gear. www.kingkatusa.com
Camden Collegiate Golf Invitational -- Rising golf stars compete in this 54-hole annual invitational tournament, hosted by the University of South Carolina, on the famed Donald Ross course at Camden Country Club. www. gamecocksonline.com/sports
Car Club Driving Events -Throughout the fall the Carolina Motorsports Park hosts driving events for car clubs such as the Carolina Regional Porsche Club, Carolina Regional Mustang Club,
and the BMW Club of America. carolinamotorsportspark.com
Carolina Downhome Blues Festival -- This award-winning event features blues artists from around the country. www. artscenterofkershawcounty.com
Classically Carolina USTA Adult Championship -- This Camden USTA Adult challenger event draws sanctioned players from all over the region. www.tennislink.usta.com/
Chili Cook-off -- Held on Camden Town Green, this event features food, music, and more for the ultimate in family entertainment. www.uwkc.net
Colonial Cup 10K Road Race
The annual Colonial Cup 10K Road Race and Mid Carolina Credit Union 5K Run/Walk is held to benefit those receiving services from the Kershaw County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs. Call 803-432-4841.
Community Theatre Productions -- The Arts Center of Kershaw County presents four or more live theatre productions each year.
Fall Craft Fair -- Held on the grounds of Proctor Hall, this event features crafts and artworks by local artisans along with local food trucks. www. proctorhall.com
Fall Farm Day at Old McCaskill’s Farm -- Come visit a working farm and see where your food comes from! There will be food, music, shopping, animals, a saw mill, corn grinding, ice cream churning, games for the kids, and other farm activities. www. oldmccaskillfarm.com
Family Halloween Night -Trick-or-treat at Historic Camden and enjoy a ghost tour of the Kershaw-Cornwallis House. Hayrides available on the grounds. Visit www.historiccamden.org
Firefest -- For Fire Prevention Month, this annual fire muster competition between area fire departments provides entertainment and fun. The event kicks off with a fire truck parade in Downtown Camden, and more! www.classicallycarolina.com/ events
First Saturdays Family Farm Day at Goat Daddy’s Farm -Enjoy a day at a Grade A Goat Dairy farm. Lots of fabulous animals to see, Goat Daddy’s sausage and cheese, live music, beer by Random Tap, food by the Belgian Waffle Cart, and more! Every first Saturday of
the month in Elgin. For more information visit their Facebook page.
Haunted Legends of Camden Tour -- Come explore the haunted mysteries of one of South Carolina’s oldest cities. www.facebook.com/ theproctorhall
Oyster Roast & BBQ Bash -- Get your blue jeans on and grab your shucking knife to enjoy this charity fundraiser for the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County. www.cmcofkc.org
Revolutionary Run Half Marathon & 5K -- Run through history and support the event that benefits the Historic Camden Foundation. www.revrunsc.com.
Revolutionary War Days -- Join in the revolutionary spirit each Fall when the Historic Camden Foundation hosts a variety of events commemorating its heritage and mission.
Southern Campaign 1780Held each November by the Southern Campaign 1780. Battle reenactments, demonstrations, displays, vendors and more.
Springdale 5k At Sunrise -- This iconic Kershaw County event benefits the health initiatives of the United Way of Kershaw County. www.springdale5k.com for details
Turkey Trot National Auto Sport Association Race -- Come out to Carolina Motorsports Park (Saturday and Sunday)
to experience the excitement, sounds and smells of racing. www.carolinamotorsportspark.com
Bethune Christmas Parade
Come celebrate the holidays in the Town of Bethune. Call Bethune Town Hall at 843-334-6238 for details.
Boykin Christmas Parade
Each December the Boykin community holds a holiday parade like none other. The festivities start with the Road Kill (barbeque) Cook-Off, and ends with a gospel concert at historic Swift Creek Baptist Church.
Candlelight Tour of Homes
Hosted by the Camden Junior Welfare League, this event offers participants the opportunity to tour area homes beautifully decorated for Christmas.
Classically Carolina Christmas Tree Lighting -- Join locals at the lighting of the festive tree at Camden City Hall. Enjoy spiced cider, cookies and Christmas carols.
Colonial Christmas -- Come enjoy the Christmas season back in time at Historic Camden, where you can tour the Colonial Village and museum buildings, and shop for Christmas gifts.
Country Christmas Shopping-Come to Old McCaskills Farm for a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience! Local boutiques, artisans, holiday decorations and so much more! Featuring many vendors to shop. 377 Cantey Lane in Rembert, SC.
Elgin Catfish Stomp -- Get the holidays off to a good start with a parade, gospel singing and lots of mouth-watering catfish at this annual event in Elgin. Local firemen cook and serve up some of the best catfish stew and fried catfish with all the fixings. Call Elgin Town Hall at 803-438-2362.
Elgin Lights -- Elgin residents Paul and Sarah Towns open their farm for visitors to enjoy their oldfashioned Christmas light display, eight museums, live music, working blacksmith, and more! www.elginlights.com
Holiday Trunk Show -- Come out to Old McCaskill’s Farm for a unique shopping experience that supports local artisans and small business owners. You can find woolen gifts, baked goods and sweets, handmade cards, Christmas ornaments, leather tack, iron works, jewelry, and more!
Jingle Bell 5K Run -Annual 5k Run/Walk & Kids’ Run is a Palmetto Grand Prix Race USATF Certified Course. Register at www.
fitnesszonelugoff.com or www. strictlyrunning.com
Kershaw County Christmas Parade -- Local churches, businesses, schools, and civic organizations participate in the annual Kershaw County Christmas Parade, held on the second Saturday in December each year down Broad Street in Downtown Camden. www. kershawcountychamber.org
Lights of Lugoff -- Light up your holiday season and join in the fun at Kershaw County’s only nighttime Christmas Parade.
Multi-Cultural Events -- Choirs, dance troupes, performers, and artists come to Wood Auditorium at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in celebration of African-American History. www. artscenterofkershawcounty.org
An annual tradition for over 80 years, this dog show is recognized as a high quality production complete with ring, ringmaster, announcer, qualified judges, ribbons, and trophies. Hosted by Grace Episcopal Church, this event is a family affair. www.gracechurchcamden. org
Boykin Spaniel Society (BSS) Spring National -- Every dog has its day and South Carolina’s
State Dog, the Boykin Spaniel, is feted for an entire week during the BSS Spring National in various locations around Camden, Rembert and Boykin. www.boykinspaniel.org
Camden Film Week -- This annual world tour film festival is all about horses. Featuring a variety of events all over Camden, this event includes film screenings of international film winners and others selected films.
The Carolina Cup -- The running of the Carolina Cup races, finds thousands of ladies and gentlemen enjoying a day of tailgate parties and horse races at Springdale Race Course. ww.carolina-cup.org
Classically Carolina USTA Junior Challenge -- This tournament draws sanctioned players from all over Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. email tennispickleball@ camdensc.org.
Clinic Classic 5k -- The Clinic Classic is a race that benefits the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County historic districts. www.cmcofkc.org
Finally Friday -- Beginning in March the Arts Center of Kershaw County holds a free concert on the last Friday of each month through the month of June. Family friendly and always free. www. artscenterofkershawcounty.org
First Saturdays Family Farm Day at Goat Daddy’s Farm
Enjoy a day at Goat Daddy’s Farm, a Grade A Goat Dairy. Lots of fabulous animals to see, Goat Daddy’s sausage and cheese, live music, beer by Random Tap, food by the Belgian Waffle Cart, vendors and more! Every first Saturday of the month except December and January. 144 Tomahawk Trail Elgin. For more information visit their Facebook page .
Fishing Rodeo -- This free event, sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, takes place at Historic Camden’s nature trail pond. Kids learn how to fish and get their license. In addition, there are fish size competitions and vendors. www.historiccamden.org
Irish Fest -- This family-friendly cultural event includes live Irish music, dancing, vendors, food, domestic and imported beer, a Leprechaun parade, and a KIDZ zone. Visit Irish Fest Camden on Facebook.
James Smith Memorial Rodeo
This annual event helps to support and provide scholarships to the SC High School Rodeo group. Find more information on Facebook at James A. Smith Memorial Rodeo.
Spring Artisan & Antique Market
You can discover treasures at this event which features antiques,
vintage decor, original art and handcrafted wood. www.camdenleague.org
Spring Farm Day at Old McCaskill’s Farm -- Each year at shearing time, all are invited to watch the sheep shearing, see the border collies work, observe spinning, a working saw mill, music, food, a petting zoo. www.oldmccaskillfarm.com
Yakking the Wateree River -Enjoy a scenic 8-mile kayaking experience along a forested stretch of the beautiful and historic Wateree River. Lugoff Landing, 1600 Tail Race Road, Lugoff
Ag+Art Tour -- Kershaw County is one of many South Carolina counties that participate in this farm tour, featuring local artisans and farmer’s markets. The tour includes artists in action, vendors, music and information about rural life. www.agandarttour.com
Arts Camps -- The Arts Center coordinates and hosts a multitude of fun and creative activities for all ages July-September. www. artscenterofkershawcounty.org
Battle of Camden Commemoration-- Held each August, this commemoration is to honor and remember those who served in the August 16, 1780 Battle of Camden. historiccamden.org
Bethune Chicken Strut -- Always popular, the Bethune Chicken Strut is a weekend full of fun and entertainment. The festival includes rides, vendors, dancing, music and other activities for “kids” of all ages. Call 843-334-6238
Fireworks at Lake Wateree -The Lake Wateree Association (LWA) hosts an annual Fourth of July fireworks display on July 4th, around 9:15 p.m. LWA officials say the best place to view the display is from Clearwater Cove Marina.
Juneteenth Celebration -- The celebration honors the day, June 19, 1865, with festivities held at Boykin Park.
Kids 4th of July Parade -- This super fun and colorful event takes place on the Saturday closest to the 4th of July, www.cityofcamden.org
Patriots, Picnic & Pops Celebrate the Fourth of July at Historic Camden. Food, fellowship and performances by the Camden Community Concert Band. Free and fun for the whole family. www.historiccamden.org
Shaggin’ with CLASS Blast -- It’s always a party with CLASS (CamdenLugoff Area Shag Society). The Summer Blast is the organization’s big charity event of the year.
Kershaw County was named for Col. Joseph Kershaw (1727–1791), an early settler considered “the father of Camden”. Originally part of Camden District, Kershaw County was formed in 1791 from parts of Claremont, Lancaster, Fairfield, and Richland counties. Today, Kershaw County is part of the Columbia, South Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Wateree Marina & RV Campground
10 Lake Wateree Recreation Area
11 Liberty Hill Wildlife Management Preserve
12 Lugoff Boat Landing
13 Lynches River
14 Outlaw’s Championship Rodeo Arena
15 Patriot’s Boat Landing
16 Savage Bay Heritage Preserve
17 South Carolina Equine Park
18 Wateree River Veterans Park
19 White Oak Access Area
1 Days Inn
2 Econo Lodge
3 Old McCaskill’s Farm B&B
4 Travel Inn
5 Victorian Elegance
1 Central Carolina Technical College
2 Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce
American Legion - Post #195
Capacity: Interior - 75-200
534 Wildwood Ln., Lugoff, SC 29078 803-438-8614
American Legion - Post #17
Capacity: Interior - 75-200
906 Brown Rd., Camden, SC 29020 803-432-6299
Bethune Community Center
Capacity: Seating 130
109 E. College St., Bethune, SC 29009 803-425-6009
Bethune Women’s Club
Capacity: Club Hall - 50-100
200 King St. E. Bethune, SC 29009 843-334-6126
Camden City Arena
Capacity: Interior - 1,600 With grounds - 1,600+
Multi-purpose/Sports, Conventions and Entertainment
Corner of Broad and Bull streets, Camden, SC 29020 803-432-2421
Camden Country Club
Capacity: Clubhouse and Grounds
111 Knights Hill Rd., Camden, SC 803-432-8853
Camden Shrine Club
Capacity: Main Hall - 300 Hwy 521, Camden, SC 803-432-9177
Carolina Motorsports Park
Capacity: Interior - 50 Exterior - 200+ U.S. 521 (North of Camden), Kershaw, SC 803-475-2448
Arts Center of Kershaw County
810 Lyttleton St., Camden, SC 29020 803-425-7676 ext. 300
• Douglas Reed House
Capacity: House - 100 House & Grounds - 300+
• Bassett Building
Capacity: Auditorium - 284
222 Broad St., Camden, SC 29020
• Kershaw-Cornwallis House and Garden
Capacity: Interior - 50-100 Grounds - 250
• McCaa’s Tavern
Capacity: Interior - 100 Grounds - 150
Space available for small parties
511 Rutledge St., Camden, SC 29020
Parks and Recreation Building
Capacity: Seating 250
1042 W. DeKalb St., Camden, SC 29020
Lilfred’s of Rembert
Capacity: Dining Room - 100+
11 Main St., (U.S. 521), Rembert, SC 29218
Louise C. Proctor Hall
Capacity: House & Grounds - 125+
Tea Room - 30
2030 Lyttleton St., Camden, SC 29020
National Steeplechase Museum
Capacity: Museum - 25-250 with Grounds - 250+
200 Knights Hill Rd., Camden, SC 29020
N.R. Goodale State Park
Capacity: Indoor – 60
Outdoor - 45 each of 2 units
650 Park Rd., Camden, SC 29020
Old McCaskill’s Farm
Capacity: Grounds - 250
77 Cantey Ln., Rembert, SC 29128
Old South & Catery
509B Dicey Ford Rd., Camden SC 29020
Potter Community Park
Capacity: Pavilion - 30
Grounds - 200+
2427 Main St., Elgin, SC 29045
Capacity: Downstairs and Grounds100+
724 Broad St., Camden, SC 29020
Revolutionary War Visitor Center Market Building
Capacity: Interior - 120
Exterior - 100+
Capacity: Interior - 215 - 250
Exterior - 400+
212 Broad St.
Rock Bottom Pond
Capacity: The Pavilion - 200
1530 Buck Hill Rd., Ridgeway, SC
Rosa Lee’s Cottage
Capacity: Interior - 50
Grounds - 200+
Boykin Mill Rd., Boykin, SC 29128
Swift Creek Baptist Church
Capacity: Interior - 100
Boykin Mill Rd., Boykin, SC 29128
Capacity: - 265
514 Rutledge St., Camden, SC 29020
1001 Broad Street Park -- Broad and Rutledge streets in Downtown Camden. Benches and Visitor kiosk (with information and directional maps).
Archives Park -- Bordered by the Archives and Museum building, Laurens Street, Grace Episcopal Church and Laurens Court. Benches.
Armory Park, also known as Goodale Park -- West DeKalb Street.
Boykin Park -- West Hampton and Campbell streets. Basketball court, picnic tables, benches and playground equipment.
Burndale Park -- Fairlawn Drive and Brookgreen Court. Swing set and picnic table.
Camden Riverfront Environmental Park - 175 Bramblewood Plantation Road. A multi-phase project, the environmental park includes a riverside canoe/kayak launch with separate ADA compliant launch, observation areas, bridges, and trails which will ultimately connect to a county wide trail system linking other area parks and trails.
Camden Town Green -- Downtown with vehicle access from Rutledge and Market streets.
Fair Street. Swing set and slide, picnic tables.
Edgewood Park -- Elmore and Beard streets. Playground equipment, picnic tables and benches.
Groom Park -- Five Bridges Road. Benches.
Hampton Park -- Lyttleton and DeKalb streets. Playground equipment, picnic tables, restored fountain, benches.
Kendall Lake Park -- Lakeshore Drive. Benches, picnic table, boat ramp, club house. Swimming permitted. No lifeguard on duty! Swim at own risk.
Kendall Park -- Haile Street and Park Circle. Walking trail, benches, stream, picnic tables, decorative lighting.
Kirkwood Common -- Ancrum Road. Large, old trees, marsh area, pond and benches.
Kirkwood Park -- Stower Street, Kirkwood Community. Playground equipment, basketball court, concession building, bleachers, baseball field, and benches.
Powder Magazine. Picnic tables, shelter, and relaxing benches.
Rectory Square -- Chesnut and Lyttleton streets. Playground equipment, benches, picnic tables and gazebo with fully restored fountain, all-weather tennis courts, decorative lighting.
Aquatics Center and Splash-pad The splash pad sits adjacent to the existing pool at the Kershaw County Aquatic Center on Battleship Road. More than a dozen colorful features spray and splash water across nearly 4,000 square feet. Walkways and a shaded seating area surround the splash pad, which is seperated from the pool by a gated fence. Daily and seasonal passes available.
Pedestrian access off Broad Street. Decorative lighting, electrical hook-up, wall bench.
City Arena Park -- Bull Street. Basketball court, playground equipment, benches and picnic tables.
City Hall Park -- Between City Hall and
Monument Square Park -- Laurens and Broad streets. Four quadrants. Soldier monuments set off two quadrants. Benches and decorative lighting.
Potter Community Park -- Main Street, Elgin. Covered picnic shelter, picnic tables, playground equipment.
Powder Magazine Park -- Market Street at Clyburn Lane - this secret garden next to the historic Civil War-era
Bethune Community Center College Street East, Bethune. Summer playground program, classes and other community functions.
Boyd Young Park -- Young’s Park Drive, Westville. Lighted ball field, tot lot, restroom, meeting building, and concession stand.
Wateree River Veterans Park -- a 35acre riverfront site in Lugoff, SC. Park hours opens at 7 am.
Camden Battlefield and Longleaf Pine Preserve Miles of walking trails in the peaceful forest that was the location of the bloody Battle of Camden in 1780. Free and open to the public during daylight hours.
Conifer Acres -- Ridgeway Road, Lugoff. Unlighted ball field and tot lot. Copeland Park -- Brown Street, Bethune. Lighted and unlighted ball fields.
Elgin Community Park -- This new park features a 2,535 ft. walking trail, fishing pier, spillway boardwalk and a picnic pavilion. It is located within the Wateree Executive Park off I-20 exit 87 and Whiting Way.
Kershaw County West-Complex -- 519 Whitehead Road, off U.S.
1 between Lugoff and Elgin. ADA compliant and handicappedaccessible playground, tennis courts, lighted soccer fields, lighted baseball fields, walking track, shelters, restrooms, and benches.
Knights Hill Park -- 521 Knights Hill Road, Camden. Unlighted ball park, shelter, and playground.
Larry Doby Complex -- Competition Drive, Camden. Lighted softball fields, soccer fields, T-league fields, concessions, and restrooms.
Mt. Pisgah Park -- Mount Pisgah Road, Kershaw. Lighted ball field, football/soccer field, walking trail, and concession stand.
Science Park -- Park Road, Camden. Model airplane landing strip, and restroom.
Scott Park -- Battleship Road. Walking/jogging track, tennis courts, sand volleyball court, playground equipment, restrooms, and running track. Covered picnic area.
Seaboard Park -- Laurens Street Extension, Camden. Softball field, playground, recreation center, and restrooms.
West Wateree Park -- Smith Road, Lugoff. Lighted ball fields, concession stand, and restrooms. Woodward Park & Sweet Gum Trail -- Ballpark Road, Camden. Lighted soccer field, baseball/ softball fields, restrooms, and picnic shelter. Trail head for the 2/3 mile Sweet Gum Trail is located here.
N.R. Goodale State Park -- Lined with cypress trees, the park’s springfed lake offers boating, fishing, and hiking opportunities. Bring your canoe, and paddle through the natural habitat of aquatic birds, wildlife, and plants. Picnic shelters, tables, playground equipment, and meeting facilities provide the perfect setting for family, school, and other group gatherings. Goodale is located at 350 Park Road in Camden. www.southcarolinaparks.com
Historic Camden Nature Trail -- Walk by 18th century powder magazine and earthwork remains on this half-mile loop trail, complete with a fishing pond and views of Big Pine Tree Creek. 222 Broad St.
The Palmetto Trail Connector -- The Chotty Trail is a 3.5 “urban” link to the SC Palmetto Trail. This connector begining at Camden Riverfront Environmental Park (175 Bramblewood Plantation Road) and extends to the Revolutionary War Visitor Center at 212 Broad Street.
See the sites of the Revolutionary War Battle of Hobkirk’s Hill, where on April 25, 1781, under General Nathanael Greene, the American forces were defeated. Their strong resistance to Francis Lord Rawdon and his troops took its toll on the British, and led to the British evacuation of Camden ten days later. A free brochure with map is available to assist you in locating the battle site (Chesnut and Lyttleton streets in Camden) and interpreting the action. www.camdenschistory.com
Explore the American Civil War battle site where local Confederate forces were outnumbered by 2,500 Federal troops including the famous 54th Massachusetts Regiment. Although the Confederates were defeated, their resistance led to heavy losses for the Federal troops. Casualties included the last Federal officer to lose his life in the war. The Battle of Boykin’s Mill was also the last battle to be fought in South Carolina. A monument stands at the Boykin’s Mill complex in memory of the soldiers who fought on both sides of the conflict. S.C. 261, Boykin.
Equipped with a large and diverse collection of genealogical and historical research materials, the Archives provides a vital link to the heritage and history of Camden and Kershaw County. On display are exhibits of local and regional history, including Camden’s original town clock, circa 1825 and the Ross Beard Weapons Collection. The facility is also home to the S.C. Daughters of the American Revolution library. Group presentations and tours of the facility are available with advance arrangements. Staff members are available for research assistance. Open Monday through Friday 8 am-5 pm and Saturday 10 am-4 pm. Closed on Sunday. Free admission. 1314 Broad St., Camden. 803-425-6050. www.camdenschistory.com
This home built by Bonds Conway, is believed to be the first African American in Camden to purchase his freedom. The house was built circa 1810 and is located on the grounds of Historic Camden Colonial Village, 222 Broad Street. 803-425-1123.
History is everywhere in Camden, and the city has nine touring districts featuring everything that makes the past come alive. From the Colonial District to the Horse Country District, you can tour at your own pace with the Free Download of the Camden Tour App. Free area map and brochures are available at the Visitor Center (212 Broad Street) and highlight more than 100 sites, most of which are in the National Register of Historic Places. www.classicallycarolina.com/tours.
Kershaw County’s newest attraction and the nation’s first permanent exhibit dedicated to telling the story of the American Revolution, the Southern Campaign, and South Carolina’s major role in turning the tide of the war. It also serves as the gateway to all Camden and Kershaw County has to offer. See story on page 20 and visit www. simplyrevolutionary.com
This City of Camden museum highlights the rich history of the African American community of Camden and surrounding areas. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1 pm-4:30 pm and Saturday 10 am-4 pm. Closed major holidays. Admission is free. 517 York St., Camden. Call 803-4256050, email archives@camdensc. org or visit on Facebook @ africanamericancamden.
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 was born and raised in South Carolina and was the first technically trained architect in the United States. Private tours may be arranged. Please contact email@example.com.
This 107-acre outdoor museum and living history campus, offers a view of the South Carolina backcountry life during the Colonial, and Revolutionary War periods. The site features seven historic buildings from Camden’s colonial and early federal period, like the Craven House c. 1790, MaCaa’s Tavern c. 1800, the Bonds Conway House c. 1811 and the majestic, reconstructed Kershaw-Cornwallis House, which served as the British backcountry headquarters during the 1780-1781 Southern Campaign. Historic Camden also has a vibrant living history program with a working Colonial Farm, Brickyard, Pottworks, Blacksmith Forge and fortified Redoubt. Picnic facilities, a nature trail and a fishing pond are also available. A variety of local trade goods, crafts, traditional children’s toys and other special gift items can be found in their two gift shops. Historic Camden at 222 S. Broad St is open Monday – Saturday 10am to 5pm. and from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday. Please visit their website for more information about tours and events. www.historiccamden.org
The Camden Battlefield and Longleaf Pine Preserve is a 476-acre national historic landmark which is also part of Historic Camden’s holdings. The Aug. 16, 1780, Battle of Camden was fought here, ending in a major American defeat. Longleaf pine reforestation and recreational spaces are in development, but there are trails that exist currently as well. Free and open to the public during business hours. Special tours and events are coming soon. Metal detecting and camping are prohibited. 1606 Flat Rock Road.
For information, call (803) 432-9841 or visit www.historiccamden.org
Kershaw County has thousands of acres of parks, public lands and other natural areas. This mobile-friendly, digital guide highlights the best places for hiking, paddling and cycling in parks and natural areas throughout the county. In addition, the guide highlights major Kershaw County attractions and includes insider tips and information on the best times to visit each attraction. For information for easy outing and trip planning visit www. classicallycarolina.com/outdoors.
Learn or hone your skills while you enjoy the sport of shooting. Sporting clays course, skeet shooting area, wobble trap and 5 stands provide a wide-range of shooting sport activities. Lessons are available by appointment. Gun rentals and clubhouse rentals are also available. Hermitage Farm Shooting Sports is located at 2362 Tickle Hill Road in Camden. www.hermitageshooting.com
This is an 8,000 acre area with 14 miles of Lake Wateree shoreline open for public hiking, hunting, bird watching and fishing.
The 18-hole “Pine Creek” course features 6,373 yards of golf from the longest. The par 72 course rating is 69.4 and it has a slope rating of 115 on Bermuda grass. The short layout has three sets of tee boxes for a fun, but challenging golfing experience. (803) 432-7442
Camden Country Club is a Donald Ross-designed 18 hole championship course. Call (803) 432-3322 or visit www. camdencountryclub.com
Anglers searching for that special location to reel in the big fish will discover a wide range of fishing opportunities in the area. There are numerous landings and marinas offering access to the over 13,000 acres of Lake Wateree, with 242 miles of shoreline. Lake Wateree also provides a setting for sailing, canoeing, kayaking, diving, tubing, water skiing, wind surfing, seeing, and just cruising.
This new park at the historic Port of Camden features an interior half-mile meandering waterway which hosts fish and wildlife, a canoe/kayak launch, observation areas, bridges and walking trail. 175 Bramblewood Plantation Rd.
This 35-acre riverfront park in Lugoff with a 2,112-foot long, eightfeet wide walkin trail and floating kayak launch. Hours are 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily. 550 Highway 1 South in Lugoff.
“The Road Racing Center of the Carolinas,” this full 2.3-mile road course opened in July 1999, and now the Park also features a .70 mile Kart track. The site is an old World War II fighter training base located on U.S. 521 in Westville. Take a spin around the track, or come out to one of their numerous events and watch other enthusiasts race. www.carolinamotorsportspark.com
Located in downtown Camden, the new $3.5 million racquet complex is booking USTA sanctioned tournaments year ‘round. It features 16 lighted tennis courts, canopies for shading, front porch areas, a pro-shop, 3,500 feet of lighted walking trail, and more than 150 parking spaces. Plus, Camden Pickleball Plaza features the most lighted pickleball courts in South Carolina. 823 Campbell Street. Call 803-432-0252.
Walking, hiking, biking – now you can enjoy 800 acres of open trails and varying habitats along the Wateree River at the Margaret H. Lloyd Preserve. Here outdoor education experiences are provided for all ages by the facilitation and support of nature focused programs and practices. To learn more about our project, schedule programming or get involved on the preserve contact Nature as Teacher’s Education Specialist Leoncia Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610715-2788 / 247 Chesnut Ferry Road, Camden.
Springdale Race Course is home to the excitement of internationally renowned steeplechase races, the Carolina Cup. Open daily for viewing and for special events. Springdale Race Course, on Knights Hill Road in Camden. For information www.carolina-cup.org.
The National Steeplechase Museum is the only museum in the United States dedicated solely to steeplechasing racing -- from its beginnings in the British Isles to its evolution in America. www nationalsteeplechasemuseum.org
Autumn Hill Stables
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Black River Show Stables
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803-608-6163 / 803-320-2004
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Cedar Ridge Farm
Crescent Hill Barn
Facebook - @Crescenthillfarmhj
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Sugar Plum Farm
Facebook - @ CamdenRidingSchool
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Pine Tree Stables
Facebook - @ PineTreeShowsEvents
RAE Equestian, LLC Facebook - @ raeequestrianllc
Facebook - @rembrandt-stables
Saddle and Paddle Farms
Southern Comfort Farm
Southern Oaks Farm
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Stacy Hunt Horsemanship
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The Farm at One Under Lane
803-960-3601 / 843-467-4382
Timber Creek Farm
Toopler Branch Farm
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Voxton Farm Equestrian Center Facebook - @VoxtonFarm
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Heart of the Horse Ranch Melissa Ogle
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South Carolina Equine Park
Mike Mathis - 803-486-4938
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Sprindale Race Course 200 Knights Hill Road www.carolina-cup.org
Springdale Race Course
Toby Edwards - 803-432-6513
Camden Training Center
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Visit the monument -- across from the S.C. Equine Park -- where Cleveland School stood until the day it burned, May 17, 1923 claiming the lives of 77 people. The nation’s reaction to this tragedy shaped modern building codes, as the huge loss of life at the school prompted legislation requiring structures to provide more efficient escape routes. At nearby Beulah Methodist Church, a monument and enclosure mark the mass grave for many of the fire’s victims.
On U.S.1 North near Bethune, Scottish Cemetery has been the final resting place for local citizens since the late 1700s. The history of surrounding communities is reflected in the names etched on the faces of the soapstone headstones.
Life on the farm is hectic. Not only does constant activity abound, but new life arrives quite frequently, a regular stop on the Ag+ Art Tour. .A farm- to-table buffet lunch is also served at 11:30 am on Fridays and is first come, first served. Located at 377 Cantey Lane, Rembert. www.oldmccaskillfarm.com.
The heroes of wars, notable past residents, and early settlers are buried in these hallowed Camden grounds that are still in use today. Cedars Cemetery is located on Campbell Street, while the adjoining Quaker and Beth El are located at the corner of Meeting and Campbell streets.
Tucked away in the woods, Goat Daddy’s Farm is an eco-friendly hot spot for South Carolinians who love farming and the outdoors. Eggs, poultry and more! Featured on the Ag + Art Tour and S.C. Agriculture Farm Passport program, the farm raises heritage breed chickens, turkeys and guinea fowl in addition to its namesake Nigerian Dwarf Goats. Located at 144 Tomahawk Trail, Elgin. www.facebook.com/ goatdaddys
The Kershaw County Farmers Market operates as a retail commodities market on Saturdays 9 am-noon from the 1st Saturday in April through the 3rd Saturday in November. Located at 906 Broad St., Camden. Shop from local vendors for fresh produce, dairy products, eggs, meat and seafood, local honey and delicious baked goods. Also, shop for gorgeous wool blankets, flowers and plants, handmade soaps, sod, and more! www.kershawcountyfarmersmarket.com
For years, tourism has meant packing the suitcases, loading the car, hitting the highways and byways, fighting traffic to get to your destination and then, finding suitable accommodations when you arrive. By the time all those tasks have been completed, it’s on to looking for places to eat --usually trying to find an uncrowded restaurant ---, sights to see and things to do in some busy tourist trap.
For those seeking a more relaxing and nature-friendly alternative, Ecotourism has become a safe haven for those looking to unwind, free their minds from the hustle and bustle business world and see what nature has in store for them. Responsible travel, environmental conservation and cultural education are the buzzwords of a booming industry which, at its height prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, generated more than $181 million globally.
Camden took another giant leap into the Ecotourism fray as the city partnered with Global Eco Adventures, the S.C. National Heritage Corridor and the Palmetto Conservation Foundation to develop The Chotty Trail, the state’s newest link to the Palmetto Trail network - South Carolina’s premier hiking and mountain biking pathway that extends from the mountains to the sea.
The Chotty Trail, named in honor and memory of Charles “Chotty” Mullikin, a World War II veteran and father of Camden’s Tom Mullikin, a global
expedition leader, is a 3.5-mile trail starting at Camden’s Riverfront Environmental Park and extends to Historic Camden and theRevolutionary War Visitor Center located at 212 Broad Street. Eventually, the Chotty Trail will connect Camden with the primary spine of the Palmetto Trail which passes some 20 miles from the west bank of the Wateree River.
“The Chotty Trail is a wonderful enhancement to the beautiful riverfront,” says Thomas Mullikin Jr., Director of Global Eco Adventures “It will
allow participants to not only explore the beautifully renovated ponds, but participants will be able to move away from the river and into the oldest inland city in South Carolina.
The Chotty Trail will pass historic Camden cemeteries including Cedars, the Jewish and Quaker cemetery and the gravesite of Baron deKalb.
“While on the Chotty Trail, participants will be able to see Camden’s amazing flora and fauna, historical battlesights and end at the prestigious Visitor Center where they can explore the museum and learn more about the
impact that Camden had on the Revolutionary War.”
Thomas Mullikin Jr. said the Chotty Trail will be a valuable asset to the area and a magnet for those wishing to get back to nature.
“Growing up in Camden,” he said, “the Wateree River has been an underutilized gem of the County. Having the Chotty Trail trailhead start at the river will allow adventurers to embrace the beauty of the great Wateree. The Chotty Trail, as well as, the entire Palmetto Trail can be hiked by people of any age or capability.
“Participants will be able to hike and cycle the entire trail as well as kayak the starting area. While on the Chotty Trail , participants will be able to see Camden’s amazing flora and fauna, historical battlesights and end at the prestigious Revolutionary War Welcome Center ...”
“The Chotty Trail is a unique trail because it not only has the beautiful environment that you will be hiking through but also has the incredibly rich history that comes with it. I believe that the Chotty Trail will be an attraction that will bring others, outside of Camden, to visit.
Tom Mullikin, Sr. is leader of the annual South Carolina 7 Expedition (SC7). The trail will help unite families and friends while, he hopes, those traversing its paths will get to know others from in and around the community.
“The SC7 is an event that indeed brings people together, from all walks of life, enjoying our extraordinary and in-manyways unique natural resources and the beauty of the same,” Tom Mullikin said. “We are so thankful for our county being born out of the banks of the Wateree River. To be able to enjoy this river is amazing. We are so blessed.”
“The Chotty Trail is a wonderful enhancement to the beautiful Riverfront Environmental Park.”
Apartnership between the long-established Historic Camden Revolutionary War site near downtown Camden and the neighboring, but much newer Revolutionary War Visitor Center will give a better sense of how life was experienced in the Colonial-era village of Camden, S.C.
The new effort, which has already begun, will include a number of upgrades to the Historic Camden site, run by the Historic Camden Foundation (HCF), including the addition of what will be known as the Sheheen Center at what would have been the settlements’ original intersection of Market and Meeting streets. Wateree Street, the boundary between the historic site and the Visitor Center, is already in the process of being reimagined. There will be programmatic changes at Historic Camden as well, to further intertwine the broader story of Camden and Kershaw County’s place during the Revolutionary War with the more personal story of life in Camden at the time.
Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site Executive Director Cary Briggs, and Revolutionary War Visitor Center Director Rickie Good. The two are working together in a joint effort to help tell Camden’s story as it was before, during and after the Revolutionary War.
The partnership includes not only the HCF and the city of Camden, which operates the Revolutionary War Visitor Center, but Kershaw County as well. The HCF owns the Battle of Camden site, 8 miles north of town on both sides of Flat Rock Road. The county recently agreed to enter into a recreation lease agreement with the HCF so that the county could assist in funding upgrades including trails, kiosks and other signage, facilities and more.
Former SCPRT Parks Director Phil Gaines, who is currently a professor at Clemson University teaching the practice of parks, recreation and tourism management, is consulting with HCF. He called the work at HCF, - under the director of Cary Briggs, and the Revolutionary War Visitor Center, under the director of Rickie Good - and the Battle of Camden site “bookends” in terms of telling Camden’s story before, during and after the Revolutionary War.
Within the “bookends” is the Battle of Hobkirk’s Hill site in the vicinity of what is now Kirkwood Common, as well as cemeteries, examples of period architecture, and other points of interest, he said.
While he is careful to point out that Historic Camden and the Visitor Center aren’t merging operationally, visitors will enjoy them as one campus to understand the Colonial period in Camden and Kershaw County.
“You’ll start at the RevWar Center,” as Gaines calls it, where exhibits tell the overarching story, “and then walk over to Historic Camden where to visitors will see period buildings, and enjoy hands-on activities and living history demonstrations.”
The work involving Meeting and Wateree streets is an effort, Gaines said, to recreate the original town’s grid -- what the original settlement looked like. In fact, Gaines said the internal roads on the Historic Camden campus will likely be “straightened” to appear more like the original straight-line grid designed by founding father Joseph Kershaw.
The partnership includes not only the HCF and the city of Camden, which operates the Revolutionary War Visitor Center , but Kershaw County as well.
One expectation is that visitors to the KershawCornwallis House on the upper part of Historic Camden will be able to look through faux binoculars -- like the real ones atop the Empire State Building -to look down on the “village” of Camden, seeing where houses, stores and other buildings once stood.
Gaines said the proposed Sheheen Center, named for the Camden family that has produced a number of elected and other civil servants, will be new, but appear like it belongs there, fashioned after buildings of the period. He noted that there is still some negotiation about the proposed building, so he could not speak too much on what to expect.
“The idea is that so when visitors leave, they will have a better idea of what the town looked like, and why Joseph Kershaw put his house where he did, and the significance of Camden before and after the Revolutionary War -- the personalities, the people, the houses,” Gaines said. “Every community all over the state says their battle or skirmish was the
turning point in the war, but where Camden stands out is that we were the starting point, with what happened at the Battle of Camden.”
Gaines noted that in addition to telling Camden and Kershaw County’s story in the American Revolution, the Historic Camden/Rev War Center campus and the Battle of Camden site are also tourism products serving as economic drivers.
Gaines emphasized most, however, the collaborative effort of the ongoing project, from the city and the Visitor Center, to the county and Historic Camden, as well as organizations such as the American Battlefield Trust, S.C. Battleground Preservation Trust, Palmetto Conservation Foundation, and Katawba Valley Land Trust.
“It would not be possible for just one entity to do all this, but they all have really answered the call,” Gaines said.
AAA Pickers - Dusty Bend
2206 Broad St. / 803-713-7004
Mon-Sat until 5; Sunday until 4; Antiques collectibles and vintage items for every budget.
930 Broad St. / 803-432-9955
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Mon-Sat 10 am-4 pm
A working studio where artists create and display their work. Art classes and picture framing available.
Books On Broad
944 Broad St. / 803-713-READ
firstname.lastname@example.org / www.booksonbroad.com
Mon-Fri 7:30 am-6 pm, Sat 7:30 am-4 pm
Independent book store and coffee shop offering broad selection of new, used and antique books. Member of the Antiquarian Book Dealers’ Association of South Carolina.
Broad Street Treasures 1017 Broad St. / 803-272-0019
Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Wide assortment of vintage homedécor and garden items.
Boykin Furniture Company 924 Broad St. / 803-432-4386
Mon-Fri 9 am-5:30 pm, Sat 9 am-4pm
Hand-made, custom wood antique reproductions and home-décor.
Laurie Brownell McIntosh Studio
1014 Broad Street / 803-319-2223
Enjoy the art of this outstanding artist. She has an “welcome come in” policy when she’s in the studio or you may meet her on appointment.
Camden Antiques Market
830 S. Broad St. / 803-432-0818
Mon-Sat 10 am-6 pm, Sun 1 pm-6 pm
An upscale shop offering 18th, 19th and early 20th century furniture and decorative arts with 5,500 square feet.
F.D. Goodale, Jewelers
543 DeKalb St. / 803-432-3445
Mon-Tues and Thurs-Fri 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Wed and Sat 9:30 am-1 pm
Full service jewelry store including antique and estate jewelry. Celebrating 100 years.
Fox Den LTD
2519 N. Broad St. / 803-669-7596
Mon-Fri 10 am-5 pm, Sat by appointment
Custom embroidery, gifts, digitizing and sand carving
Frames and Calico
703 DeKalb St. 803-432-8133
Mon-Fri 9 am-5:30 pm or by appointment
537 E. Dekalb Street / 803-677-7967
A collaborative art space and gallery fills with original paintings, sculpture, furniture and mixed media. Live music events scheduled regularly.
Wed. – Sat 12 – 6 pm / www.gallery537.com
Heritage Antique Mall
113 E. DeKalb St. / 803-425-4191
Open by appointment
Tues-Sat 10 am-3:30 pm,
Kevin L. Perry Inc.
1202 Broad St. / 803-432-5427
Open by appointment
Shop is located in a c.1820 Charleston townhouse and offers 18th, 19th and 20th century continental furniture and home décor.
Rutledge Exchange / Victoria Susan
411 Rutledge Street / 803-425-5727
Vintage collectibles and large selection of estate jewelry. Located inside boutique specializing in creative, original and unique clothing and accessories.
Rutledge Street Gallery
508 Rutledge St. / 803-425-0071
Tues-Sat 11 am-5 pm
Contemporary original fine art. Paintings, sculpture, pottery, furniture and silks.
Southern Restyle & Winged Star Cafe
952 Black River Rd. / 866-447-8953
Retail barn offering vintage and new home décor
Mon & Tues 7 – 10 am, Fri & Sat 10 am – 4 pm
The Edge of Broad Street
938 Broad Street / 803-713-7302
Tues. - Fri. 10-5 Sat. 10-4
Artisan Market with over 40 vendors.
1015 Broad Street/ 803-424-1234
Antique vendor mall featuring furniture and collectibles.
Mon–Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-5 pm
Wooten & Wooten
818 Broad St. / 866-570-0144
Estate auctions. Visit online for upcoming auction dates.
3736 U.S. 1 S. / 843-334-8346
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Mon-Sat 8-5; Sat. 9-4
Selection of pottery and statuary.
Menagerie Antiques and Collectibles
1028 Broad Street 803-427-8468
Tues-Sat. 10-5; Sun. 1-5
(Rt. 521 Downtown)
(Rt. 521 Downtown)
18th, 19th & Early 20th C. Furniture & Decorative Arts
For more information about how you can support economic development in Kershaw County, contact the Kershaw County Committee of 100 at firstname.lastname@example.org