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.


Stop by the Historic Camden Gift Shop to purchase these items and more!



Hand-made candles,

Pottery by Marti Boykin Wallace,

Kershaw-Cornwallis House Ornaments,

The Battle of Camden by Jim Piecuch

and much more!


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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.

Give the gift of honor by purchasing your brick this holiday season!

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Latest News

Update on the Historic Camden Horticulture and Trade Program

Update on the Historic Camden Horticulture and Trade Program

By:  Southwick C Briggs II Founder:  Hemp Earth & Lime Co & CI Labor Readiness Training Co. The City of Camden has a long history of brickmaking and now visitors to Historic Camden will be able to get their hands and feet muddy making bricks at the new colonial brickyard.  The brickyard is just the… read more

A Staff Ride

A Staff Ride

**The following letter (bold/italicized) accompanies the article that follows** Department of the Army UNITED STATES ARMY CENTRAL  1 GABRESKI DRIVE SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, SC 29152 Staff Ride Participants Welcome to USARCENT’s Battle of Camden Staff Ride. This will be a terrific day as we all walk some hallowed and sacred ground. We will have… read more

Camden’s Roots: A Look Back  At The Earliest Years

Camden’s Roots: A Look Back At The Earliest Years

By Lance Player Staff Member – Historic Camden Many people are aware of Kershaw County’s vast and significant history, but what they may not know is how far back that history actually extends. Camden is often cited for its pivotal role in America’s infancy, playing host to a variety of key events. In 1730, upon the… read more

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