At first when I heard about Historic Camden, I thought it was a description of the town, but actually it is the name of a portion of Camden, a little off the main drag, but at one time at its heart.
Historic Camden is a 107-acre outdoor museum complex and affiliated area of the National Park Service. Tours of Historic Camden include visits to many of the areas restored mansions, according to info on Web site, though only the Kershaw House could only be described as a mansion.
Most of the other houses were small unpainted buildings.
Guided tours are scheduled Tuesday-Friday 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.; and Sunday 1:30 p.m.- 4 p.m., with self-guided tours daily.
Buildings and offices are closed major holidays.
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In the Spring, on the day of the Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races, the population of Camden doubles! Students from colleges all over the Southeast descend on this tiny little town with their musical bands, staging, Greek flags and copious coolers and set up in "College Park" for socializing. Most of these attendants NEVER see a horse while at the races.
Families pack up picnic-type fare, load up the lawn chairs and find the parking space that's been in their family for years....it's almost like your address in the infield! Friends who don't have infield spaces generally park in general parking areas, then pay local kids to carry their coolers, chairs and other equipment to the infield space of other friends or family.
Tailgating....simple or elaborate, you'll see it all at the Carolina Cup! Eating and socializing is done between each race.
Then you'll hear it....the trumpet sounds the call to race and a human wave crashes into the fences....cheering ensues as the horses and their riders thunder past, and when it's over, that same wave retreats back to the infield for drinks!
It's a rite of Spring in Camden!
During our visit to the Quaker Cemetery, one thing I was surprised at was the fact, considering the controversy, the Confederate flag has caused, that it was flying along with the American flag over the cemetery. The cemetery did include Confederate War soldiers … in fact one of the largest monuments had a canteen hanging on it. I guess the two flags represent the fact that soldiers in the graveyard gave their lives for both flags.
According to the brochure/map of the cemetery, the "canteen grave" is the resting place of Sgt. Richard R. Kirkland (1843-1863): “At the Battle of Fredericksburg he risked his life to carry water to the dying enemy. He was killed in the Battle of Chickamauga."
There are an estimated 210 Confederate graves scattered throughout the cemetery -- including Camden natives Brig. General John D. Kennedy and Major General Joseph B. Kershaw -- but most are unfortunately unidentified (actually both generals died long after the war).
Ironically, Abraham Lincoln’s brother-in-law, Dr. George Rogers Clark Todd (1825-1900) who was a doctor in the Confederate army (I didn’t know he had a Confederate brother-in-law) is also buried in the cemetery.
Camden’s Revolutionary War roots are also reflected in some of the graves, and there is one Congressional Medal of Honor recipient from WW I and from WW II.
Anyway, like I said before, the cemetery is very historic and was well worth a visit.
419 Sumter Hwy P O Box 96, CAMDEN, SC, 29020
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220 Wall Street, Camden, South Carolina, 29020, United States
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1707 Lyttleton Street, Camden, South Carolina, 29020, United States
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1308 Broad St, Camden, South Carolina, 29020, United States
322 Dekalb St, Camden, SC 29020
127 Union St, Camden, SC 29020
901 Lyttleton Street
Nice atmosphere, and great service. Menu is diverse, which is makes it nice for family meals.
Favorite Dish: "Southern Comfort". Pork chop, shrimp and grits, and some rabbit food. Chop was cooked perfectly, and shrimp and grits are always good.