Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site
Camden, the oldest existing inland town in the state, was part of a township plan ordered by King George II in 1730. The frontier settlement, initially named Fredericksburg Township (later Pine Tree Hill), took hold by the 1750s, as Quakers and Scots-Irish emigrants and settlers from Virginia put down roots.
Joseph Kershaw, a native of Yorkshire, England, arrived in 1758 and established a store for a Charleston mercantile firm. He prospered and by 1768 the town was the inland trade center in the colony. At his suggestion, the town became Camden, in honor of Lord Camden, champion of colonial rights.
In May of 1780 the American Revolution returned to Charleston. It fell. Lord Charles Cornwallis and 2,500 British troops immediately marched to Camden and set up the main British supply post for the Southern Campaign. For eleven months the citizens of Camden understood the atrocities of war.
Two battles were fought near by. The Battle of Camden, the worst American battle defeat of the Revolution, was fought on August 16, 1780 nine miles north of our museum. Nearby, General Nathanael Greene and approximately 1,400 Americans engaged 950 British soldiers commanded by Lord Francis Rawdon on April 25, 1781. It was a costly British win and forced the Redcoats to evacuate Camden.
Theodore Darid Mauro
Right off the interstate the the location has several buildings on it including a museum a pub a historical home that was the British headquarters a video movie and a public restroom. Wow the store is limited it is my understanding that reconstruction is underway for the gift shop. I stopped in on a Saturday afternoon the help was nice but I wouldn't call him knowledgeable about the Battle or the location but I also have a feeling that they were volunteers. Camden is a beautiful city has a wonderful history and there's many great sights for a revolutionary war fan to see.
This was quite fun. Being there walking among the patriot and loyalists encampments puts you right into history. The re enactors were fully engaged in the experience. The battle scene was exciting and loud with cannon and muskets. Bring a chair or blanket to mark your viewing spot early, unless you don't mind being in the back of the crowd. I suggest bringing your own food and drinks. The lines were longer than I would have liked them.
Keep driving! Your charged to see a bunch of non period buildings trucked to the site. The British have barracks there but nothing survived nothing there is from that place. A lot of money for a staged history.
Historic location with exhibits and period buildings. Not far from the interstate, be prepared to walk. Go out and explore!
Tina Smith Jones
Very interesting historical site, a must visit place. Enjoyed the grounds and gift shop. Learned history I wasn't aware of.