Founded in 1974 by three independent groups (Camden Art Association, Camden Music Association, and the Camden Community Theatre), the Fine Arts Center is the cultural focus of the county and serves as the local arts agency as well as an umbrella organization for affiliate clubs. Covering over five acres and housed in three buildings, the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is incredible with what it brings to the community in art, music and theatre. It’s worth a trip to Camden just for one of the Fine Arts Center events!! For more information visit www.fineartscenter.org
The Archives and Museum are housed in the Carnegie Library built in 1915. The building is a fine example of Greek revival architecture. View exhibits of local and regional history including Camden’s restored original town clock, circa 1825. Equipped with a large and diverse collection of genealogical and historical research materials, the Archives provide a vital link to the heritage and history of Camden and Kershaw County. The staff is available to assist you. http://cityofcamden.org/archivesmuseum.aspx
The Historic Camden Revolutionary War site is a 98-acre outdoor museum complex, including the site of Colonial and Revolutionary Camden, several restored and refurnished period houses, and reconstructions of military fortifications. Patriot Joseph Kershaw’s new mansion, which was used as British headquarters, log cabins w/exhibits, museum grounds, gift shop, picnic area, and nature trail complete the complex. www.Historic-camden.org
Walk the grounds of one of the greatest defeats for the Colonies during the Revolutionary War. Yet, it was the turning point that eventually led to the victory at Yorktown. The people of Camden, Kershaw County, and many others in the state have worked diligently to make this into a national park, and they have successfully made the first step toward this goal. Hike among the pine trees on two miles of trails as you read about the battle on 12 interpretive signs. It also includes another two miles of hiking trails.
Just nine miles south of Camden, this small rustic town hosts The Boykin Company Grill, The Boykin Mill which is still in operation grinding up Boykin grits, The Boykin Mill Pond Steak House and The Broom Place and Craft Shop located in a settler’s house built in 1740. See brooms being handmade on original broom equipment well over 100 years old. Choose from many styles, from house to hearth to whisk. For more information visit www.boykinmillfarms.com
Just a pleasant 23 mile ride through South Carolina farm country to Bishopville is Fryar’s Topiary. Fryar’s Topiary has been featured on Oprah and other nationally syndicated programs and is now the subject of a movie “A Man Named Pearl”. For more information visit www.fryarstopiaries.com