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Camden - Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site

222 Broad Street


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. 


Andrew Koutroulakis

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Camden is the most historical city in South Carolina other than Charleston & you can see that history on display at Historic Camden. Every so often they have special events such as reenactments and the like. They also have nature trails & picknic areas. I'd recommend going to their website for information about tours & events before going. Definitely worth a visit.

Peter Kim

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Okay. So they had this re-enactment thing. The people who were part of it were so into it that my friend questioned whether it was real or not. Everyone who is part of the re-enactment is so passionate about what they do and are so knowledgeable. Sometimes if you bump into someone then they'll reply with an accent and with the "olde-english" speech. It really is amazing and I cannot overemphasize it.

Theodore Darid Mauro

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017
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.

David Wharton

Saturday, March 10, 2018
The most awesome historic place ive seen.

Thomas Cary

Friday, March 2, 2018
Very knowledge staff there. The fire a cannon there which is co.

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