What to do and see in Camden, United States: The Best Places and Tips

February 21, 2018 Randal Brittian

Camden is a city in Kershaw County, South Carolina, United States. It is the largest city and county seat of Kershaw County. The population was 7,126 in the 2016 census. It is part of the Columbia, South Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Restaurants in Camden

1. Camden Archives and Museum

1314 Broad St, Camden, SC 29020-3535 +1 803-425-6050
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Camden Archives and Museum

Reviewed By mndw - LADSON

We went especially to see "The World at War" exhibit. It is finishing in August. It is a collection of memorabilia from WW2. It has uniforms and other military items. One of the interesting things to us were the common things people in the states had. There were war bonds and rationing books and stamps. There are some things that depict camp life at the army camp as well.
The other part of the museum is a gun and memorabilia museum that is part of a single collection which was donated to the museum from a long time resident. There are guns of all type and items of the earlier times in Camden. There is also an exhibit on how the Boykin spaniel came to be the SC state dog.
This a a research center and depends on donations so be sure to leave some in container in the front area. They are planning to have a capital campaign to enlarge the museum as it holds only a portion of the items donated. Friendly and helpful staff.

2. Camden Revolutionary War Site

222 Broad St, Camden, SC 29020-4755 +1 803-432-9841
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4 based on 91 reviews

Camden Revolutionary War Site

Reviewed By teridGA - Augusta, Georgia

We went over for the day and our guide was a young man named Cameron. He was exceptionally knowledgeable about what was going on during the war and made sure to throw in some little-known tidbits of information. We went out to the battlefield and walked both sides of the road to learn as much as we could. Great way to spend the day! Be sure you find the other sites in the city. If you stop by the old courthouse and pick up a map, you will find several other homes and smaller sites.

3. Quaker Cemetery

713 Meeting St, Camden, SC 29020-4637 +1 803-432-4356
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Quaker Cemetery

Reviewed By cheryl h - Durham, North Carolina

In 1759, four acres of land were given to the quakers for 999 years for their church and cemetery. The rent was "one pepper corn per year". The cemetery has grown to about 50 acres. It's a beautiful old cemetery and you can tell the original quaker graves by the brick arches (they did not believe in headstones). They believed it was wrong to draw attention to yourself (even in death). One thing I noticed was some quaker graves now had headstones that the family put up at a later time. Should they have done this if the person buried didn't believe in doing it? That would make a good debate.

4. Camden Carriage Company

Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020
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5 based on 18 reviews

Camden Carriage Company

Reviewed By FlaEngineer - Lodge, South Carolina

My wife and I took a carriage ride Labor Day weekend. There was a snafu with our reservations and our ride got delayed a couple of days. Anna was new (we were her third solo riders), but she did a good job. I am sure she will be even better as time goes on.
Give them a try. You'll enjoy the ride and history of Camden, the oldest inland city in South Carolina.

5. Goodale State Park

650 Park Rd, Camden, SC 29020-9017 +1 803-432-2772
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4 based on 27 reviews

Goodale State Park

Reviewed By rasan h

My family was attracted to this park for the canoeing experience. Rented a John Boat for $7 for 4 hours! What a great value!

We were warned before we set off to stay away from trees and bushes because of wasps. Man was that an understatement! We cut our boat trip short because EVERY tree and EVERY bush had wasp nests with angry wasps, ready to strike. Being HIGHLY allergic, this was very frightening. Luckily we were able to finish without incident.

Aside from the prevalence of wasps, the scenery was beautiful and there were plenty of quiet spaces to relax and take in undisturbed nature.

6. Menagerie Antiques

1028 Broad St, Camden, SC 29020-4308 +1 803-272-0455
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5 based on 4 reviews

Menagerie Antiques

Reviewed By cheryl h - Durham, North Carolina

This place is well organized and full of collectibles. I took my time in each booth because there was so much to see. We found a figural decanter to add to our collection. The people working here were very nice and greeted us as we walked in. I'm always surprised at how many places don't do that.

7. Antique Barn Mall

818 Broad St, Camden, SC 29020-4304 +1 803-425-7325
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Antique Barn Mall

Reviewed By SandyInSC - Columbia, SC

This is my favorite of all of the antique stores in Camden. They have tons of stuff, all kinds of stuff and I like stuff. They do a good job of piling it all in and keeping the place neat and clean. If you like stuff, especially vintage old stuff, you will LOVE this place. I try to go through every couple of weeks or so just to see what new stuff they get in. Sometimes I find a treasure, sometimes I don't but the time is never wasted, I like looking at it all. The owners and nice too and they try to keep it cool enough in summer to not sweat while you are looking around.

8. Camden Antiques Market

830 South Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020-4304 +1 803-432-0818
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5 based on 2 reviews

Camden Antiques Market

Reviewed By cheryl h - Durham, North Carolina

If you are looking for fine antiques, this is the place for you. We are more into collectibles but still loved looking around this place. You can find 18th and 19th century furniture here. It used to be an old livery stable. The man working there loved to talk about it's history and the history of the town.

9. Old Presbyterian Burying Ground

601 Meeting St, Camden, SC
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Old Presbyterian Burying Ground

Reviewed By cheryl h - Durham, North Carolina

This is a nice old cemetery dating back to the Revolutionary War. The most interesting grave is that of Agnes of Glasgow (1760-1780). She stowed away on a ship and followed her lover (who was a British officer) to America. Once in SC she fell ill and died before finding him. They say her ghost is still searching for him in Camden.

10. Battle of Camden Historic Site

Flat Rock Road, Camden, SC
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Battle of Camden Historic Site

Reviewed By EOMoby - South fork TX

I have driven by the signs of I-20 for years about the Revolutionary War Park at Camden SC. I finally got off the interstate to check this place out. There is a historical park run by the city that has old buildings from Camden, the remnants of a powder magazine, and the Kershaw house that was used by Lord Cornwallis during his campaign there in 1780. Its worth a visit but this review is about the actual battlefield that lies about 8 or 10 miles north of Camden on Flat Rock Road off of US Hwy 501. You can follow the signs to get there.
Flat Rock Road runs through the middle of the battlefield. This battle was fought in August 1780 and was the worst defeat of the Americans in the entire Revolutionary War. I had at least 4 ancestors who were present there for the battle. One didn't survive and his body was never recovered along with another 8 or 900 patriots who were lost and never accounted for.

The park has about 10 or 12 sign boards that describe the progression of the battle. You can hike the battlefield which also contains a stretch of the Great Wagon Road that stretched from the mid Atlantic region to Georgia. The park is covered with large pines just as it was during the Revolution.

The park closes at dark and you will want to allow at least a couple of hours if you plan to hike the east & west Battlefield Loop trails. There is plenty of peace & quiet here but limited facilities. There is parking for about 10 cars and a few benches for sitting but that is about it.

I was absolutely amazed that I could drive down the road to this place and walk over a Revolutionary War battlefield that remains so undeveloped.

The Battle of Camden I reference here is different from the Battle of Hobkirks Hill which lies within the confines of the town of Camden and has been built over with development.

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