The Historic Camden Foundation is a private 501(c)3 non-profit museum whose mission is to protect, educate, and celebrate Camden’s extraordinary Colonial and Revolutionary War history.
Our 107 acres sit atop the original 18th-century property of the city’s founder Joseph Kershaw and the fortified Revolutionary War-era town occupied by British General Cornwallis and Lord Rawdon’s men from 1780-81. Visit the site to learn about the prolific Kershaw, Camden’s importance to the war’s Southern Campaigns, and Colonial life in the backcountry. Explore the reconstructed Kershaw-Cornwallis House and recently rehabilitated c. 1800 McCaa’s Tavern, as well as exhibits in other period structures. Join us for tours, programs, and events! See our Admission & Tours page and our events calendar to plan your trip.
Kershaw & Co. Shop
Stop by the Historic Camden Shops to purchase these items and more!
Historic Camden Gift Shop
Pottery by Marti Boykin Wallace,
Kershaw-Cornwallis House Ornaments,
Smithey Ironware Co. (a "proudly made in SC" brand),
Gifts for Boykin Spaniel enthusiasts (but who doesn't love the Boykin Spaniel?),
The Battle of Camden by Jim Piecuch,
and much more!
Be sure to check out Facebook and like the pages for both the Historic Camden Gift Shop and Kershaw & Co. to stay up to date on the latest news and ideas for your next purchase!
Camden Battlefield and Longleaf Pine Preserve
Historic Camden is excited to announce that we have recently assumed ownership of 476 acres of the Battlefield of Camden. The Battlefield is hallowed ground for the hundreds of men who died in this significant battle that took place August 16, 1780. Historic Camden is dedicated to telling the story of this fascinating battle, preserving and studying the archaeological evidence of the site, restoring the Longleaf Pine forest that existed during the 18th century, and providing a space for a variety of outdoor recreational activities. Visit the Camden Battlefield page for more information!
Both the original Historic Camden campus and the Battlefield are on the National Register of Historic Places. Historic Camden is a National Park Service affiliate.
In commemoration of the 241st Anniversary of the Battle of Camden, August 16, 1780, Historic Camden Foundation will be opening its new exhibit on medical practices and disease during colonial and Revolutionary War era Camden. Entitled Sickness and Survival this story, sponsored by BCBS, discusses South Carolinians health and effects of disease on both the… read more
Historic Camden Foundation has again been given an incredible gift to engage the history of the Camden region and Kershaw County through our collection. Thanks to a very generous gift we are establishing the Robert David Carpenter Gallery for Decorative Arts. The Dining Room of the Kershaw Cornwallis house will begin to feature conserved… read more
The Battle of Camden Archaeology Project Historic Camden Foundation is pleased to have Steven D. Smith, Director of SCIAA and Research Professor to update progress on the Battle of Camden project. Steve’s impressive background includes studies and books on historic period settlement at military installations like Fort Polk, Fort Leonard Wood, and Camp Atterbury, Indiana…. read more
Colonial Pottery at Historic Camden: Revolution and Trade Excerpt from Fireside Chat Resources found on HistoricCamden.org John Bartlam was born 1735 in Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire, England landed in Charleston, South Carolina as a master potter. By 1765 Bartlam had established South Carolina’s first Pottworks making fine English tableware referred to as a Manufactory of Earthern Ware… read more