Historic Camden

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Facility:Historic Camden
Description:Spend a few peaceful hours where the British spent a rough year! Visitors may choose a guided or self-guided tour to learn about Camden's early history, with focus on the Colonial and Revolutionary eras. The 107-acre outdoor museum complex includes the town site of 18th century Camden, the restored and furnished 1785 John Craven House, Cunningham House circa 1830 (tour office and gift shop), two early 19th century logs cabins with exhibits, partially restored 1795 McCaa House, reconstructions of some of the military fortifications, the reconstructed and furnished Joseph Kershaw mansion, headquarters for Lord Cornwallis, a blacksmith exhibit and a .6-mile Nature Trail. Those wishing to stretch their legs will enjoy the Old Camden Trace, a 3.5 mile walk through Historic Camden, the Nature Trail, the 1758 Quaker Cemetery and numerous other landmarks of early Camden.
Address 1:P.O. Box 710
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Zip Code:29020
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Hours:Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am 5:00pm; Sunday: 2:00 5:00pm. Closed major holidays.
Guided Tours: Tues.-Fri. at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm; Saturday: 10:30 am to noon and 1:30- 4:00 pm (closed for lunch Saturday 12:25-1:25 pm); Sunday: 2:30-4:00 pm.
Admission:Free admission for self-guided tours; Guided Tour Fees: Adults/$5, Seniors/$4, ages 6-18/$3, under six free; 10% discount for 15 or more.
Telephone:(803) 432-9841
Website:Visit Website
Ann S., Co-op Member
We loved our field trip to Historic Camden! There is so much history in South Carolina, and Camden has an abundance, especially if you include a visit just north of the city to the Battle of Hobkirk Hill historic site (Rt. 521 North).

By making advanced reservations we were able to bring a group of homeschoolers and have a guide plan activities for us. There were colonial games for the kids to play, a movie about the history of the area, and then a tour of the Kershaw Cornwallis House. During our house tour the kids got to dress up in colonial clothes. Our guide was great with the kids.

When the tour was over we had a picnic lunch and then were able to explore the property on our own. There are several houses on the property, including a small museum.

The price was right on, too. I believe we paid $6 per child, and parent/teachers were free.

I recommend making your plans a month in advance. The staff needs time to make sure they are properly prepared for your visit. Individual families can also enjoy the property, but I highly recommend organizing a group trip in order to enjoy the colonial games and house tour.
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