Kershaw-Cornwallis Mansion & Gardens

The Kershaw-Cornwallis Mansion is the reconstructed Georgian house of the town’s prolific founder and mayor, Joseph Kershaw. The original mansion was built in the late 1770s for Kershaw and his family, overlooking the original town of Camden atop a hill. The house and grounds were also occupied by Lord Cornwallis, Lord Rawdon, and their men from June 1780 to May 1781, as they made Camden the center of British operations in the South Carolina backcountry. The original mansion was burned down during the Civil War and was reconstructed in the late 1970s to be a museum. In 2016-2017, Historic Camden built a completely new rose garden and made renovations to the site, including upgrading the restrooms and adding two bridal suites.

This picturesque mansion exudes classic elegance. It crowns a hill overlooking grassy fields for a countryside feel only a mile or so away from Interstate I-20 and the amenities of the charming and historic city of Camden. Space available for rental includes any combination of:

  • The rose garden and outside grounds (capacity: 250+ guests). Wedding guests can face the gorgeous mansion for the ceremony, or they can face a lovely gazebo area.
  • The first floor open rental space with catering kitchen (capacity: 75 guests or 50 seated). 
  • The museum floor with front and back porch (capacity: 75 guests or 40 seated). The museum floor boasts 18th- and 19th-century antiques and two large porches for extra space.
  • Two new bridal suites for your wedding party to have an elegant, private space to get ready. Available Fall 2017.

Contact us to make a rental consultation appointment and to take a tour of the mansion and gardens: 803-432-9841 or info@historiccamden.org.