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.
Bonds Conway House
Front Porch Concert Series featuring:
Ann Caldwell & The Magnolia Singers
Join us to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the Bonds Conway House at Historic Camden followed by a special performance on the porch by Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers, an a cappella group out of Charleston, SC known for singing powerful Gullah spirituals - bringing the stories and the musical legacy of their ancestors into the modern era. Light refreshments will be served afterward at McCaa's Tavern.
Historic Camden Presents:
The Folklore & Legends Lantern Tour
As you may know, the city of Camden has been around for a while! Throughout the years, our town has seen more than its share of drama, tragedy, and excitement. On our Folklore and Legends Lantern Tour, you can spend an hour taking a leisurely walk around the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Park campus while listening to stories about the people and events that have shaped our history, and possibly glimpse a ghost or two!
Join us for Second Saturdays at Historic Camden!
Each month we welcome visitors to see living history with our colonial artisans. This is a fun, family-friendly event that offers visitors an opportunity to learn while engaging with history in a fun way. Come try your hand at making a brick, get some fresh-squeezed lemonade, watch skilled blacksmiths at work, and so much more!
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.
Kirkland and Kennedy identify William Ancrum (1722- 1808) in Vol. 1 page 344 as “Of the wealthy firm of Ancrum, Lance and Loocock, probably never set foot in Camden, his extensive business interests here being looked after by such competent agents or partners as the two Kershaws. He was a native of the County of… read more
On November 6, 2021 Historic Camden Foundation celebrated its’ 51st Anniversary at the Main Campus on Broad Street. The day included an exploration of South Carolina Revolutionary War records and genealogical discoveries relating to veterans of our nation’s fight for independence from Britain. The SC Archives and History Foundation ended the anniversary celebration with an… read more
by Lance Player: Communications Manager – Historic Camden Foundation The name Joseph Kershaw is one that many people recognize, especially those from Camden. A name they’re likely not quite as familiar with is Ely (Eli), Joseph’s younger brother. Ely was born in 1743 in Yorkshire, England and spent his childhood there before traveling to the… read more
by Virginia Zemp: Executive Director – Historic Camden Foundation Michelle Evans is the new Executive Director of the Katawba Valley Land Trust (KVLT) and as such she oversees the Battle of Camden site enforcement of conservation and environmental easements. Historic Camden Foundation asked Michelle to tell us a bit more about the important work KVLT does… read more