Camden Archives and Museum

Camden Archives and Museum We preserve and share the history of Camden, SC and Kershaw County through exhibits, archival materials, and genealogical resources. No Admission Charge.

Operating as usual

Sneak Peak of Turning Points: The Battles of Camden
02/03/2021

Sneak Peak of Turning Points: The Battles of Camden

Sneak Peak of Turning Points: The Battles of Camden

01/15/2021

We did it! "Turning Points: The Battles of Camden" is finally open. Please come visit and learn how the British defeated the Patriot army at the Battle of Camden and the Battle of Hobkirk's Hill.

Many many thanks to Jim Legg, SCIAA, and Charles Baxley for all their help with this exhibit!

We're on the tour again this year!  Looking forward to all our virtual visitors.
12/04/2020
Camden Junior Welfare League

We're on the tour again this year! Looking forward to all our virtual visitors.

Get your tickets now! This is a rare opportunity to see some of Camden's finest private homes and historic landmarks adorned in holiday splendor, in a limited 3D virtual tour never experienced before! Explore each location in great detail December 12 & 13. Tickets are $20, proceeds benefit the children of Kershaw County. Preview at www.camdenleague.org.

12/04/2020

The Archives is honored to be a part of the 2020 Candlelight Tour of Homes! Check out the League's sneak peak.

11/24/2020

The Archives and Museum will be closed November 26-28. We will re-open on November 30 at 8:30am. Have a great Thanksgiving.

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
10/26/2020

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

#MarkerMonday
40-38 CONGAREE RIVER BRIDGES GERVAIS ST. (U.S. HWY. 1) ON THE COLUMBIA SIDE OF THE CONGAREE RIVER BRIDGE, COLUMBIA This river took its name from the Congaree Indians, a Siouan tribe which occupied the valley until the Yemassee War in 1715. The first wooden bridge here was completed in 1827. It was burned to delay the advance of Sherman's Army in 1865, and rebuilt in 1870. A concrete bridge was completed in 1927. Erected by the City of Columbia 1966, replacing marker erected 1938 by the Columbia Sesquicentennial Commission of 1936
GPS Coordinates: 33° 59.783′ N, 81° 2.947′ W

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
10/21/2020

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

Two days of the 2020 SC State Fair not enough? Rodger Stoup’s Meet me at the Rocket will provide you with the photos, stories, and the history of SC’s State Fair. It’s just like being there. You can almost smell the funnel cakes….
This book makes a great holiday gift!
Available at the SCDAH gift shop, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC

Ribbon cutting ceremony held at Camden Riverfront Environmental Park - ABC Columbia
09/18/2020
Ribbon cutting ceremony held at Camden Riverfront Environmental Park - ABC Columbia

Ribbon cutting ceremony held at Camden Riverfront Environmental Park - ABC Columbia

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) — There’s a new park in Camden that will give kayaks and canoes access to water, while allowing nature to flourish. Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at Camden Riverfront Environmental Park, marking the completion of the first part of a project which has been on...

09/09/2020

We're leaving the current exhibit up until the end of the year! In January, we will open a new exhibit on the "Battles of Camden." HMMMM can you guess what the exhibit is about?

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
07/29/2020

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

Check out the new Guide to Searching the SCDAH Online Records Index (ORI)!

The ORI is the SCDAH’s online portal to a portion of our most accessed records such as plats, wills, and legislative papers (among many others). As of Spring 2020, over 308,000 records are indexed and over 125,000 of those records have images that can be viewed (and downloaded!) online. In this guide, we will cover the types of records available, how to search them, and how to request access to indexed records that are not available in digital format.

To view the guide visit: https://bit.ly/2X4D4Eb

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
07/23/2020

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

The State Board of Review for the National Register of Historic Places will meet tomorrow, Friday, July 24, 2020 at 10:00 am. The meeting is open to the public. The Review Board meeting on July 24, 2020 will be held virtually via Cisco WebEx. Please contact Brad Sauls at [email protected] or 803-896-6172 for instructions on accessing the meeting.

The Board will consider nine nominations:
-Means-Gage House (Beaufort, Beaufort County)
-Host of America Motel (North Charleston, Charleston County)
-Marine Barracks, Charleston Navy Yard (Charleston County)
-Pee Dee River Rice Planters Historic District - Boundary Increase and Additional Documentation -(Pawleys Island vicinity, Georgetown County)
-Ruth's Beauty Parlor (Columbia, Richland County)
-Stone Manufacturing Company (Columbia, Richland County)
-Veterans Administration Regional Office (Columbia, Richland County)
-Epps-McGill Farmhouse (Kingstree vicinity, Williamsburg County)
-Sandy Island School (Sandy Island, Georgetown County)

For more information about the State Board of Review and to access copies of these nominations, visit: https://scdah.sc.gov/historic-preservation/programs/national-register/state-review-board

The Powder Magazine Dispatch
07/16/2020
The Powder Magazine Dispatch

The Powder Magazine Dispatch

The Powder Magazine Dispatch is a monthly newsletter to keep you up-to-date with South Carolina's oldest public building. Get information about past events, upcoming programs, and much more!

06/29/2020

The Archives and Museum will be closed Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th.

06/25/2020

We're having some issues with our telephone but we are open for visitors! If you need to get in touch with the Archives and Museum or the African American Cultural Center, please email us at [email protected] or telephone us at 803-425-6174.

Camden Archives and Museum's cover photo
06/16/2020

Camden Archives and Museum's cover photo

05/29/2020

The Archives & Museum will reopen on Monday, June 1 from 8:30 to 5:00. The following procedures will be followed:
1) Visitors and staff shall wear masks
2) Visitors and staff shall maintain social distance
3) Building occupancy shall be limited to no more than 25 visitors at a time.

We look forward to seeing you in June!

Camden Archives and Museum's cover photo
05/29/2020

Camden Archives and Museum's cover photo

Now is a great time to download our Camden tour app from the iPhone or Google Play stores.  Take a virtual tour of Camde...
05/22/2020
Tour Camden App

Now is a great time to download our Camden tour app from the iPhone or Google Play stores. Take a virtual tour of Camden!
https://www.classicallycarolina.com/tours/tour-camden-app

You can also watch some of our district tours through our YouTube channel - Camden, SC Archives

From near or far... We've got you covered! Maximize your Camden, South Carolina experience with the Official Camden Audio Tours app. Act as your own tour guide through the area as you encounter historic markers, homes, cemeteries and more dating back to the Revolutionary War period.

05/17/2020
Camden's Carnegie Library

Five years ago, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of Camden's Carnegie Library.

History of Camden's first public library

05/13/2020
Camden in the Hotel Era

WOW - this brings back memories. Our first attempt at a video to accompany an exhibit. I'm not even going to mention the very old software we used!

Video that accompanied the exhibit on Camden's resort hotels

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
05/06/2020

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

Happy National #PreservationMonth! To celebrate we will be sharing coloring pages of historic sites in SC for you to do at home throughout the month of May! The first coloring page is the Bank of South Carolina located in Charleston. You can learn more about this building on the South Carolina Historic Properties Record (SCHPR): http://schpr.sc.gov/index.php/Detail/properties/11879

These coloring pages were created by Pam Kendrick, Historic Architecture Consultant at the SCDAH.

05/01/2020
The Heart of Camden - A Message from Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford

The people of Camden have a long history of pulling together during tough times! War, devastating fires, malaria and the Great Depression - resilience is in our DNA. So, despite our current challenges, we can have confidence in what lies ahead. Whether you live here, work here or visit here, you are the #HeartofCamdenSC. We will get through this together.
#VisitCamdenSC #DowntownCamdenSC #InDustyBend #KCStrong

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
04/29/2020

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

#DidYouKnow the South Carolina constitutions from 1776 to 1895 are digitized and available on the South Carolina Electronic Records Archive (SCERA)?

This is the first page of the Constitution of 1778 (S131010). The Constitution of 1776 was intended as a temporary document to provide a framework for the government of South Carolina until a more permanent structure could be created. After its implementation, a committee was created to draw up a new constitution based on it. South Carolina's new constitution expanded on the foundation laid by its predecessor. It introduced stricter requirements for the presentation and passage of bills to prevent situations like the Stamp Act from occurring again. To counteract possible abuse of office by public officials, requirements for attaining and leaving office were carefully delineated. However, the new constitution greatly reduced suffrage, limiting the vote to white Protestant men who owned fifty or more acres of taxable land.

To view this entire document and other constitutional and organic papers visit SCERA: http://e-archives.sc.gov/archive/sdb%3Acollection%7C490228a4-2e02-4738-8be8-7a98b1983e1b/

[Image description: Scan of the first page of the 1778 constitution as described above.]

Camden Archives and Museum's cover photo
04/27/2020

Camden Archives and Museum's cover photo

Eat, Shop, Stay, Play Camden
04/14/2020

Eat, Shop, Stay, Play Camden

Get the good vibes flowing. Share your #1 most memorable South Carolina experience - and be sure to tag #ShareSCLoved Discover South Carolina Discover Camden - Kershaw County Welcome Center at Robert Mills Courthouse
Eat, Shop, Stay, Play Camden

03/16/2020

For the safety of our community, the Camden Archives and Museum will be closed to public access, effective today March 16, 2020, until further notice.
If you you need additional information, please call (803)425-6050. Wash your hands and stay safe.

03/06/2020

Our newest exhibit has lots of "pretty" things on display - while you are looking at the beautiful tools of the past, think about how the plastics revolution changed our world!

Discover South Carolina
03/03/2020

Discover South Carolina

We will never not love a small town street 😍 What’s your favorite city street to stroll in South Carolina? #DiscoverSC

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1314 Broad Street
Camden, SC
29020

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

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(803) 425-6050

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