Educational Opportunites at Historic Camden
Educating the community about Camden, South Carolina’s rich Revolutionary War history is at the forefront of everything we do at Historic Camden. We are excited to collect each of those educational opportunities and showcase them for you in one central location.
Middle school parents – check out Eco-Ed with Ellie!
Ellie is a graduate student at Clemson University working with Dr. Thea Hagan. Her research involves assisting the Historic Camden Foundation with a longleaf pine restoration project happening at the Camden Battlefield and Longleaf Pine Preserve in Camden, South Carolina, where we are reverting a culturally significant site back to a pre-settlement, natural state of longleaf pine savanna. This is an endangered ecosystem type, endemic to the Southeastern United States, that has few remnants of its once widespread historic native range.
Visit https://www.ecoedwithellie.com/ to find activities and resources for those navigating the current challenge of remote learning. These activities explore ecological concepts of the longleaf pine savanna and align with South Carolina state education standards for grades 5-9. Each lesson comes with two videos (starring Ellie and her cat), an instruction sheet, an activity worksheet, a lesson plan, and a list of links (videos, games, simulations, and articles) to provide you with all the tools you might need to incorporate this into your programming or curriculum.
Everything on the site is free to use, we just ask every user to please take 15 minutes to fill out a survey upon the completion of each lesson they try. This data is necessary for Ellie’s thesis, but it will also assist with developing further programming to provide for like-minded education organizations and schools as we continue to navigate online learning.
Historic Camden’s Traveling Trunk
The Traveling Trunk Program provides schools a Revolutionary War experience aligned with the South Carolina State Department of Education Academic Standards for Social Studies. This will be particularly effective for schools outside a fifty-mile radius of Camden that may preclude their coming on-site for a standard school tour.
The Historic Camden Battlefield
Over 450 acres of the core battlefield of the Battle of Camden are owned and managed by Historic Camden.
Although the Battle of Camden was disastrous for the American cause, it ushered in changes in military leadership that altered the war’s course. After the battle, Major General Nathanael Greene was promoted to command of the Southern Campaign, and his leadership ultimately led to the British surrender at Yorktown, Virginia.
Visit the Historic Camden Broad Street site to learn more about this significant battle on a guided tour. The Battlefield is open and free to the public during daylight hours. Special tours are also available!
The Historic Camden Brickyard
The City of Camden has a long history of brickmaking, and now visitors to Historic Camden can get their hands and feet muddy while making bricks at the new colonial brickyard.
When you visit the Historic Camden Foundation Brickyard, you can expect hands-on learning opportunities such as hand-making bricks or learning to build an 18th-century wood-fired earthen oven. The Brickyard is also available for fun social and team-building events on Friday evenings.
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 and exhibits in other period structures. Join us for tours, programs, and events! See our Admission & Tours page to plan your trip. Contact us to learn more.